The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 36FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 23/11/11 DELTA $16.37 / SOL $14.11 / TEXACO $15.91BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY* THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCE PAGE 02 PAGE 03 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing constriction of what is to become St. Kitts’ first five-star hotel. The first phase – consisting of PM Douglas expresses satisfaction with progress at Kittitian Hill PM Douglas expresses satisfaction with progress at Kittitian Hill 90 cottages is to be opened in December of 2012. “With regard to the residences and the hotel I am very impressed with what already has been achieved in the construction and the planned construction,” said Prime Minister Douglas following a visit to the construction site last week Thursday, January 26th. “What is very impressive is the architectural design. The designer is Customs launches 8th CCLEC Junior Officers Basic Training Course BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (Customs PRO) Twenty-four Junior Officers of the St. Kitts and Nevis Customs and Excise Department and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department of Montserrat are Head Table at 8th CCLEC JOB Training Course Opening Ceremony (R-L) Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Georid Belle; Comptroller of Customs, Rodney Harris; Commissioner of Police, Celvin G. Walwyn; Prime Minister Douglas, Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel and Mrs. Daniel. (cont’d on page 3) (cont’d on page 3) Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm Project gets started By Drizel HanleySt Kitts, in the not too distance future, will reap the benefits from an Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm (ATDF) at Sir Gillies, Newton Grounds, that will incorporate farming, tourism and renewable energy and provide a major and fascinating attraction for tourists. The ground breaking ceremony signally the official start of the multi-purpose facility took place at the site of the project just-outside Sandy Pointon Tuesday afternoon of this week, January 31st. This project is jointly undertaken by the Governments of St Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan), and it covers twenty (20) acres of land. The facility will incorporate both local and Taiwanese elements. Indigenous crops from St Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan will be planted on the farm, so that visitors there can appreciate the crop diversity of the two countries. A “Botanical Garden”, with medical plants of St Kitts and Customs launches 8th CCLEC Junior Officers Basic Training Course (cont’d on page 9) It is with deep regret that we record the passing of Mrs. Wilma Thompson of Bath Village, Nevis, who was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon, February 1st, at the Bath Village Cemetery, following the Thanksgiving Wilma Thompson passes Service at the Taylor Memorial Wesleyan Holiness Church in Charlestown. Mrs. Thompson passed away quietly on January 26th, 2012, after a brief illness. She was 84. The mother of three children – Valarie, Julian and Donald Thompson – she served briefly as a teacher in Nevis and was later employed as a store (cont’d on page 3) clerk, librarian and seamstress. Mrs. Thompson was also a longstanding Field Officer (in Nevis) for the St. Kitts-NevisLove Shack Bar and Grill owner killed Civil servants urged to be productive and efficient


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 2 OPINION / LOCAL NEWS THE SPOKESMAN ESTABLISHED MAY 1957 Published by: The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour UnionMasses House, Church Street P.O Box 239 Basseterre St. Kitts West IndiesAg. Managing Editor: Dawud Byron Tel: (1 869) 465-2229 <> Fa: (1 869) 466-9866 Email: sknunion@sisterisles.kn Website: www.labourspokesman.com Editorial Minister with responsibility for Agriculture, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris advocates that integrating Technology into Agriculture is ultimate for reaping successful rewards from the Agricultural Sector. The Minister was at the time speaking at the handing over ceremony of a shade house to the St.Kitts-Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum, held on January 26 at NeedMust, Basseterre. “Today we are demonstrating that the drudgery and humbug of traditional agriculture can be overcome”, he said. The Agriculture Minister noted that the ceremony was a demonstration to the children that agriculture of the future can be exciting through the application of science and technology. “Today we are witnessing agriculture in change mode. We are enhancing our resilience and ability to control the elements and variables that impact agriculture output. So today we are controlling heat, rainfall, insecticide and pesticide through protected agriculture systems,” he said. Dr. Harris said that young people are interested in hydroponics not traditional agriculture hence they must transform the sector to a more technological and modern one and the handing over ceremony should serve as a stimulus to do things differently within the agriculture sector. The Senior Minister revealed that the purposes of the shade house are to provide a secure location for research and experiments for school children, to enhance the farming industry within the Federation starting with the schools, to provide practical and theoretical training for young farmers and schools, the “Science and Technology are quintessential inputs for achieving efficacious out-comes from the sector”, says Agriculture Minister enhancement of agricultural technology in the schools moving away from traditional agriculture, production of seedlings and ornamental plants for schools and farmers alike and to provide aspects of the CSEC/CXC syllabus more readily available to students. “By establishing crops in shade houses we can improve children’s lives by boosting academic interest in the subject of agriculture, cultivating their life skills and promoting environmental stewardship on the part of our student”, he noted.The upgrade in the facilities at the farm comes as a result of a collaborative effort between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the St Kitts-Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum, funded through the Canadian Fund for local initiatives. The total cost of the project is approximately US $22,000. PAM is in total disarray The scathing attack launched on the PAM Leader, Lindsay Grant – over the airwaves last week – by Gene Hamilton is Chief political adviser, Lennox Liburd, is not only a serious and damaging indictment on Lindsay Grant, but the entire PAM Party. Using his favourite radio talk show programme aired daily on one of the local stations, this rabid PAM supporter took Lindsay Grant to task, charging among other things, that he was no alternative to our popular and beloved Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzel Douglas. Lindsay, he said, had too much baggage for the job of Prime Minister of this country. With no water in his mouth, he said that the so-called PAM leader was not a fit person to be any Prime Minister, based on the scandal he was allegedly involved in at the Marriott – in the lead up to the 2010 General Elections – to sell out the country’s patrimony cheaply to a complete stranger. Mr. Liburd joins the five (5) PAM candidates who abandoned the sinking PAM ship, right after the Elections, calling for Grant’s immediate removal as Party Leader. They left Lindsay Grant alone in the mess with his two deputies, Shawn Richards and Gene Hamilton. Since their departure from the party, the party under Lindsay’s leadership has plunged to its lowest ebb ever. It has hit rock bottom and is bitterly divided, with more and more PAM supporters calling on Mr. Grant to step down. They all contend that with him at the helm of the party, PAM poses no threat whatsoever to our esteemed Prime Minister and his hard-working Labour team of Ministers. His deputy, Gene Hamilton, meanwhile has been cunningly using the airwaves – capitalizing on every opportunity he gets to overshadow his leader, who is fighting desperately for his life to hold on to power. It is therefore no surprise to us on this side, that Hamilton’s right hand man in New York, Lennox Liburd, has intensified his public campaign to kick out Lindsay Grant and end his political career once and for all, to help out his long standing friend and colleague to take over the party’s leadership. Lennox is no small boy in PAM; he is a high ranking PAM supporter, who like his buddy, Gene, was one of the key architects in Cayon to get Sydney Morris elected to government way back in 1980, and get rid of the Labour Government. He has therefore dealt a devastating blow on the PAM leader, ly demonstrating clearly to the world that PAM is in dire trouble and is definitely no alternative or threat to our unstoppable Labour Leader and his invincible team. After two long years in the political wilderness – following their demise at the Polls on January 25th 2010, PAM is still reeling from the excruciating body blows inflicted on them by our champion Prime Minister and his team. And, they have not been able to recruit any suitable candidates to replace the missing five (Gang of 5) to give the party the face lift it requires to get it out of the political doldrums. No amount of window dressing by the 1/4lb Onion Chairman on the weekly radio talk shows will help Lindsay Grant and PAM. The people of this country have learnt their lesson well (1980-1995) and they will hold on to what they have – a great Leader and a great Party, to take this country forward and upwards. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Civil servants are being urged to give the general public professional and efficient service. That comment from Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister,” after a caller from Mansion pleaded for government to take action against public officers who were non-productive and not showing up for work. Referring to the recent statement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that further fiscal sustainability will focus on public financial management, the civil service, the social security system and the strengthening of the social safety net, Dr. Douglas said government is demanding that public servants work. “That they give the government their 8 hours per day that they are being paid for and those, as this caller has said that some are working a second job, using government time to do a second job, and getting full pay by government, that has to come to an end and that is exactly what we mean when we speak of continuing to reform the civil service,” Prime Minister Douglas told listeners. “This kind of nonsense has to come to an end. The caller from Mansion is right she knows exactly what she is talking about,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Responding to another caller who complained that some civil servants were not giving the public efficient service and were hiding under the cloak of being party supporters, Dr. Douglas said the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party as a Party has done its very best to ensure that its supporters and other citizens of this country are provided opportunities for employment. “I am one those who believe very strongly and anyone who knows me, I believe in giving people a chance and an opportunity it is up to you once you’ve been given that opportunity and chance to maintain it. If you fail because of your attitude, poor performance then you should go simple as that,” said Dr. Douglas. Civil servants urged to be productive and efficient


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 3 NEWS PM Douglas expresses satisfaction with progress at Kittitian Hill By Drizel HanleyPolice are investigating a fatal shooting incident which occurred just before midnight Thursday last, January 26 along the Anchorage Road in the Frigate Bay area. Dead is the owner of Love Shack Bar and Grill, Elvis Stanley of Old Road Village. According to Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Stephen Hector, the victim, his son and his child’s mother were traveling along the Anchorage Road when they were attacked. He disclosed that the child’s mother was also shot and was rushed to the Joseph Nathaniel France General Hospital where she was treated and is said to be in a stable condition. Sergeant Hector further revealed that a bullet grazed Stanley’s son; he was transported to JNF Hospital where he was treated and released. A press release issued by the police stated that two persons of interest were in police custody but they have since been discharged. Stanley’s death is recorded as the second murder in the Federation for the year 2012; the first being Desroy James of Hermitage, Cayon on January 7. In other police news 21-year-old Nyon Dasent of Wellington Road, Basseterre, has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of sixteen-year-old Shakeem Walters, alias ‘Hotness’ of West Street, East Basseterre. Walters was shot in the head in the early hours of Friday, January 20 and has since been hospitalized in a serious but stable condition. He also sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, the police reported. He was discovered in a pool of blood near the National Housing Authority located at East Park Range. Police Press and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Stephen Hector, said that the police took Dasent into custody on the same day of the incident, which occurred sometime after midnight. He disclosed that Dasent was formally arrested on Sunday, January 22. “We are thankful for the support of the public and do look forward to your continued support as we continue to take back the streets of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said. Love Shack Bar and Grill owner killed one the world’s most sought after architect for resorts and I am very very impressed with what I have seen,” he said. On the golf course under construction, Dr. Douglas, the Parliamentary Representative for the area, said during a visit six months ago, quite a bit of the earth works were being done on the golf course and it was taking shape. “Today I think we can say with certainty that it has taken faith quite a bit of work that is now left to be done is really finalizing the preparation for the grassing and ensuring that the fairways etc are properly outlined “I understand as well that the irrigation system needs to be put in and then will begin to I believe say grassing. I had the opportunity as well to visit the driving range. I have never seen anything like this before in terms of the paranomic views that it presents to the ocean beyond us and the offshore islands as well. I believe that is going to be one of the most impressive world-class golf courses in the Caribbean region and I am longing myself to have my first game of golf here at Kittitian Hill,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Belmont Resort said last week Thursday that 35 cottages and 2 villas are in various stages of completion. The 18-hole Woosman-designed golf course is fifty percent completed and the driving range is 80 percent completed. The new information on the number of cottages and villas under construction corrects CUOPM News Release 052/2012 dated January 24th 2012 which stated that 41-one bedroom, cottages were completed. The information was based on a press release dated January 23rd 2012 issued by Adams Unlimited, the New York-based Public Relations firm on behalf of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in which it sought to update the media on the tourism-related developments in St. Kitts. CUOPM apologises for the incorrect information in that release and produces below the Adams Unlimited news release in its entirety: (cont’d from page 1) Trades & Labour Union; and was also a devout supporter of the St. Kitts Labour Party. We at the Labour Spokesman will remember her for the sterling service she gave us as the main newspaper distributor and vendor on Nevis. We too are thankful for the life of Mrs. Wilma Lucina Parris Thompson and for the positive and invaluable contribution she made to the Union, the Labour Party and the Labour Spokesman, especially during those most challenging years in the 1980s. The Union was represented at the funeral by the General Secretary, Mr. Batumba Tak. Also paying final respects to the fallen comrade was His Excellency Mr. Walford Gumbs, former President of the Union and Vice Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her bereaved family and relatives and wish them God’s richest blessings for the future.May her soul rest in peace! (cont’d from page 1) Advertise With Us!!Wilma Thompson passes


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary The Common Cold and Flu. From its very inception, one of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union main policy was to ensure that the unhealthy conditions that the working class people was forced to work under at their workplace were eradicated. But the Union did not stop at the workplace, because the Union also fought hard to ensure that the communities as well as their residence was clean and healthy for human been to live in. Over the years since then the Union has always played a pivitol role in health and safety, and has organized several workshops and seminars so that workers could become knowledgeable on the several issues on health and safety, not only at their workplace, but also in their communities and their homes as well. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union fully believes that a healthy worker is a productive worker, which means less sick leave and more productive time spent on the job. In addition, the Union’s workshops and seminars do not stop at the workplace, because the Union also believes that a healthy family also makes a healthy community, which by extension makes a wealthy nation. As the saying goes a healthy nation makes a productive nation, equally a wealthy one. Many persons around this time of the year suffer from the common cold and flu symptoms which usually affect everybody, so today we will look at one of the things that could be used to help relieve you and bring comfort from the symptoms of the common cold and flu. It is said that over one hundred years ago the lengendary physician, Moses Maimonides, described chicken soup as “an excellent food as well as medication” and recommended its use for a host of illnesses, including the common cold and flu symptoms. But of course back then, aspirin and decongestants weren’t even a distant dream. Yet, even by today’s standards, Maimonides was definitely unto something. But chicken soup is just one of many PHYTOCHEMICAL – rich foods that act a lot like over-the-counter cold remedies. From the capsaicin in chili, which loosens nasal congestion almost as effectively as a nasal spray, to the sesquiterpenes in ginger, which kills viruses that even antibiotics can’t many common foods contain substances that relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. They won’t replace your Doctor (or even a really good over-thecounter decongestant) but they can do a lot to make you feel better in the event that you have the cold or flu when their season comes around. In addition, most of us who were fortunate to have the wisdom of our Grandma, and a lot of us still do, will know that a lot of the things around us that we take for granted were in fact very good in helping to ward off the symptoms of the cold and flu when their season comes around. For instance chicken soup, it is good for relieving the symptoms of the common cold, especially a stuffy nose, and here is what it does. Aside from providing sheer psychological comfort, the warm, aromatic vapors of chicken soup helps break up congestion and makes it easier to expel troublesome mucus. Hot liquids of any kind also replenish lost fluids and soothe throat irritation. The other biochemical benefits of chicken soup depends largely on its ingredients. Although researchers at the University of Nebraska in Omaha once reported that extracts of chicken soup have an antiinflammatory effect, there’s relatively little research to prove that chicken soup has any significant effect on infection or inflammation. On the other hand a big bowl of homemade chicken soup is bound to be packed with VITAMINS, MINERALS and PHYTOCHEMICALS that are sure to aid in your recovery. And CYSTEINE, an amino acid that’s richly blended in chicken soup, is chemically similar to a drug prescribed for bronchitis. If you can’t make it yourself, then have a family member or a friend make you some fresh chicken soup, if not, then go ahead and open a can of chicken soup. Adding some additional garlic, cayenne pepper or curry powder will enhance the soup’s decongestant effect. So next time your Grandma gives you some good old fashioned advice, I advise that you take it, remember that Grandma is always right. Continue to take care of your health, because it is said that people sacrifice their health to accumulate wealth then squander their wealth in search of health. Be wise and take care of your health. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old Union song by Franklin G. Aretz, UAW Local 600 Retiree, Beverly Hills, FLA.‘Labor’We may thank Almighty God for the gift of labor, Yours, mine, his, hers, friends, foe, neighbor. For work is the glue that binds us all together, To crown success upon all that we endeavor. With labor stationed at the throttle, We need no genie in a bottle. Relying on our own rough hands, We scorn the wealth of other lands. By honest toil we soon acquire, Perhaps, not all our hearts desire. Still, mother is able to cook three meals a day, With money left over, the plumber and doctor to pay. The children need books and raincoats and shoes on their feet, So, what’s left for my sweetheart? Just a kiss on the cheek! What should be done, can be done, must be done, To lighten up this stressed-out globe and make it hum? Rumors fly and remedies abound, all around the globe, To calm the fear, reduce the trouble, Allay the pain and clear the rubble. It’s work we need, dear friends, and work alone, To turn a pile of bricks into a home. We lift together to set this grand Old World aright, So peace may reign and happiness take flight. OAS Electoral Observation Mission Presents Report on Saint Lucia 2011 Elections out in the Caribbean in the past year were observed by the OAS,” and encouraged those countries to hold electoral processes this year to request a Mission from the Organization. Regarding the recommendations issued in this and other EOM reports, he said the Organization should “widen” its program to be able to “follow up on the recommendations we make and even report every year to the Council on how these recommendations are being implemented.” “The Mission puts forward some very clear recommendations for every country and we are certainly bound to follow up on those recommendations,” he emphasized. The Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the OAS, Ambassador Michael Louis, gave special thanks to the Secretary General, the OAS General Secretariat and the Mission that followed the elections in his country for their work, adding that the report presented today “provides a constant reminder of the basic principles that cement relationships within this body, that of a system of government that transcends language barriers or economic or cultural differences among our Member States. I refer to democracy.” Ambassador Louis recalled that throughout the period when Saint Lucia first obtained adult suffrage, its people “have always exercised the right to choose a government of their choice through elections that are peaceful free and fair.” He furthermore said he would “undertake to transmit this report to our national authorities, who I assure you will be looking into the recommendations of the report and see what appropriate steps can be taken.” The Permanent Missions of Panama, Barbados and Suriname (on behalf of CARICOM) also took the floor. The Chief of the Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that accompanied the November 2011 general elections in Saint Lucia, Rosina Wiltshire, presented a report today before the Permanent Council that included recommendations to update the voters’ registry and improve transparency of campaign financing, among other things. Speaking before the gathered representatives of the Organization’s Member States, Wiltshire said the general recommendations of the OAS Mission, from its arrival to the announcement of the results, and included logistical and legislative aspects among the general recommendations presented by the Mission. These recommendations were: the need for the government to undertake an update of the voters’ registry; establish immediately a commission on electoral boundaries to define, based on the April 2011 census results, a more equitable division of constituencies; and approve legislation on campaign financing, specifically rules to prohibit anonymous and foreign contributions. “There needs to be established a mechanism or institution to control money coming in and out of campaigns, wider access to information for citizens on the use of funds, and requirements for political parties to disclose such information,” said the Chief of Mission, who also mentioned the need to “seriously discuss the issue of voter participation, given the rate of participation, which decreased from 2006”; invite voters to exercise their franchise; facilitate the voting process for handicapped voters with appropriate voting facilities; and promote “a serious discussion on the role of women in politics, specifically whether there is a need for a quota system to give incentives to female party activists,” among other things. Finally, she congratulated the people of Saint Lucia for their participation and commended efforts “to maintain democracy in the country,” and thanked the governments of Bolivia, Chile, the United States, and the United Kingdom for the support they provided the Mission. The Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, recalled that “most of the elections carried


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 5 NEWS Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Minister of Agriculture Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris has called on the general public to consider again the realities of youth participation in agriculture as he addressed persons at a handing over ceremony of a Shade House to the School Farm at Needsmust. Senior Minister Harris said it was evident that persons were uninformed or badly advised in this regard given the statistics which reveal a high and increasing level of interest in agriculture by the youth of the Federation. “We are regularly being asked whether young people are interested in agriculture. Today we can respond positively, sincerely and optimistically… Yes our young people are interested in a modern agricultural experience,” said Senior Minister Harris. He made specific reference to Stuart Versailles, who studied Agriculture in Mexico, and is now actively employed in the field and is the current President of the Agriculture Youth Forum. He also mentioned Grace Lewis and Jerome Davis both of whom studied at the Guyana School of Agriculture, as well as Crispin Worrell and Clement Gilbert who studied Veterinary Science. In the field of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Tracey Challenger was cited as another outstanding example. Eric Browne, Ian Chapman, Blyden Brudy, Genaldo Gilbert, Lionel Stevens were all highlighted for their interest and travel to pursue careers in the field of Agriculture. Minister Harris reiterated his Government’s policy and commitment to the distribution of land to facilitate the growth of farming in St. Kitts-Nevis. “Let me as a member of cabinet, and a former minister of Lands, assure you our young people, that whatever policy we pursue … will ensure that our lands, sacred as they are, remain available and accessible to our people first and foremost.” The opportunity afforded to stakeholders by what Dr. Harris referred to as “agriculture in change mode”, was one in which individuals can pursue an entrepreneurship as a viable option given the increasing economic challenges faced globally. He said specifically that as the civil service is restructured, the experienced and mature persons could “use the skill sets honed by years of management in the public sector to good use as owners, managers and distributors of farms as well as to produce the outputs of agro processing entities.” Minister of Education and Minister Dispels “Anti-Agriculture” Notion And Declares Paradigm Shift In Youth Interest Information Hon. Nigel Carty who accepted the Shade House on behalf of the School Farm was in agreement with Minister Harris in relation to the potential and role of youth in the development of agriculture. He said the rationale for the upkeep of the school farm was in accordance with his ministry’s belief that Agriculture is key. The Ministry of Education has expended much by the way of bus transport, supplies, equipment and other resources to facilitate success of the Needsmust School Farm because we acknowledge the central role it plays in securing financially sound futures for young people.” Minister Carty added that despite challenges the school farm at Needsmust has had “enviable bouts of success in training many young people who have made a successful transition as practical farmers. Also making contributions at the handing over in support of youth potential in revolutionizing Agriculture were Ms. Jamella Frazer, representative of the Agriculture Youth Forum (SKNAYF) as well as Mr. Augustine Merchant Coordinator at the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Ms. Uma Gordon, Representative of IICA offices in the Eastern Caribbean. Ms. Gordon emphasized the critical need for interventions that attract youth to pursue careers in Agriculture to be crafted. She said that it was not that youth have an aversion to Agriculture but that persons were not sufficiently creative to exposing the merits of such involvement. Ms. Frazer of the Agriculture Youth Forum revealed progressive plans for youth in Agriculture in addition to managing the Shade House including the construction of an interactive website for agricultural research. She also revealed a proposal to place one semi-greenhouse at all high school locations in the Federation. In 2010 and 2011, 279 students from High Schools throughout the Federation sat CXC exams in Agriculture. Over 100 are expected to sit the examination in 2012. The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives was specially commended for funding the Shade House Project to the tune of US $22,000 as well as a number of other projects that would facilitate the development of Agriculture.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 6 NEWS Economic Coverage Made Simpler Through ECCB Workshop Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 26, 2012 (SKNIS): Journalists and Media Practitioners throughout the region were given tips on how to understand and write about economic matters at a videoconferenced workshop organized by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), January 24. Entitled “Economic Workshop for Media Practitioners,” the session explained such terms as supply side economics, short term economic growth and increased factor productivity which are often used by professionals in that field. During the engaging half-day session representatives of the ECCB Corporate Relations Department kept media practitioners in full participatory mode. By means of a dramatic presentation entitled “Economics is not a Foreign Language,” Sybil Welsh ECCB Advisor, Corporate Relations Department encouraged the participation of media practitioners representing the members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis. A follow-up session, dubbed “Government Macroeconomic Objectives and Policy Tradeoffs – Meeting Public Demands with Scarce Resources” invited each country to assume the role of Government Cabinets which had to determine the priority investment for their particular country from among the requests of several communities/constituencies. By this means, participants recognized some of the terminology as well as economic considerations and constraints that are required in decision-making. ECCB Economist Ronald James discussed the topic “The ECCU Economic Outlook – Searching for Growth” where such matters as the initial economic ranking of the members of the ECCU were revealed. It was stated that St. Lucia led being driven on the sectors of Tourism and Transportation, followed by Antigua with Tourism and Construction. Grenada was next with Education, then St. Kitts and Nevis with Construction and Real Estate. Following closely was St. Vincent and the BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis residing overseas can now renew their drivers’ licences on line. “Following numerous request by nationals living and studying overseas for a mechanism to renew their driver’s licence while overseas, the Traffic Department and the Inland Revenue Departments have collaborated to make this possible,” said Head of the Traffic Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Inspector Cromwell Henry on Wednesday. He said holders of a St.Kitts and Nevis drivers licence can now through a simple process, renew their driver’s licence without having to come home. Persons wishing to use this service can download the requisite form from the link below:http://www.cuopm.com/pdf/Forms /Drivers/DRIVER_LICE NCE_RENEWAL_OVERSEAS.pdf St. Kitts and Nevis driver’s licence can now be renewed online Grenadines with Wholesale and Retail. Dominica followed with Agriculture, Anguilla with Tourism and Montserrat with Public Administration.ECCB Economic Statistician Azziza Trotter concluded the course with an interactive presentation on “Understanding ECCU Government’s Fiscal Situation and Debt Instruments.” Within this context she clarified that government’s fiscal policy is determined by its economic agenda. This is manifested in the annual budget by means of revenue and expenditure measures. Participants expressed pleasure with the instruction methods used as well as the increased knowledge that will be particularly useful when reporting at economic forums or events.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen During the run-up to the July 2011 Local Elections in Nevis, the Sheriff arranged for a bill-board, bearing the message “Save Nevis from Parry and Douglas” to be erected in the St. John’s Constituency in which he was campaigning. Now everyone knows that the Hon. Joseph Parry was not running for the St. John’s Constituency seat and neither was the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas running for a seat in Nevis. Since Dr. Douglas was not running for a seat in Nevis and the Hon. Joseph Parry was not contesting the St. John’s Constituency seat, why would the Sheriff focus his Election Campaign against them as if they were running against him? You see, the Sheriff is very troublesome and interfering. He has the bad habit of interfering with people who do not interfere with him. And when he is interfering with the people who have never interfered with him, he tells his devoted fans that he is raising the level and the standard of public debates and discussions. Fine words to mask the reality of what he is actually doing to people. Shortly after the announcement of the date for holding the 2011 Local Elections in Nevis, the Sheriff and his cohorts began a series of accusations against our Prime Minister in respect of the Elections. The level of accusations increased tremendously after the CCM Party lost the Elections. The Election Petition case brought by the defeated CCM Party began at the High Court in Charlestown, Nevis, on January 16, 2012. Although all sorts of accusations of wrong-doing in respect of the electoral process were levelled against our Prime Minister, no case of wrong-doing was brought against him in the High Court. One can only conclude that if the Sheriff and his men had anything really against our Prime Minister they would have taken him to Court, or at least mention his name in the Election Petition. The fact that the name Denzil L. Douglas appeared nowhere in any relevant Court Document strongly suggests that the accusation has no merit in law at all, but were made purely for political purposes. That is, to try to blacken the good name of our Prime Minister. It is no wonder that the Sheriff failed to gain the St. John’s Constituency seat. He pitched his campaign not against his opponent, the Hon. Hensley Daniel, but against the Hon. Joseph Parry and our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. The Hon. Hensley Daniel therefore virtually ran unopposed. That was a rather dumb way to run a political campaign. It made no sense at all for the Sheriff to focus all his strategies and energies on two individuals who were never involved in the contest for the St. John’s Hail the Sheriff – CCM’s Abuser in Chief Constituency seat. The Sheriff has just one political strategy and that is to praise and glorify himself and curse and abuse other political opponents and parties. I submit that the Sheriff does not know his proper role as Leader of the Opposition. He thinks that his proper role is to interfere with, oppose and abuse Dr. Denzil Douglas and the ruling Labour Party. The Hon. Vance Amory was Leader of the Opposition for a while. He never behaved like the Sheriff. The late Malcolm Guishard was also Leader of the Opposition as well. He too never behaved like the Sheriff. The Sheriff behaves like an enraged pit bull terrier, going after every politician with a vengeance who is not a member of PAM or the CCM. His loyal and ardent fans have bestowed upon the Sheriff the title “CCM’s Abuser in chief”. Unlike Vance Amory and Malcolm Guishard, the Sheriff’s propensity for unprovoked and ferocious political attacks is uncontrollable. The title “Abuser in Chief” has put the Sheriff and his admirers in the frame of mind where he and them believe that he has the right to attack, curse and abuse anyone he chooses and such persons do not have the equal right to stand up and defend themselves. They do not believe in equal rights. They cannot truly believe in the concept of Democracy. CUOPM and Taiwan Embassy sign Letter of Intent His Excellency Miguel Tsao (right), Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Mr. Erasmus Williams, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis (CUOPM) and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Basseterre have signed a Letter of Intent aimed at the strengthening of bilateral relations between both nations. The Letter of Intent was signed by Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Mr. Miguel Tsao and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister and Director of the Communications Unit, Mr. Erasmus Williams. Under the agreement, CUOPM has been designated a Contact Point for the Taiwan Academy and will disseminate information concerning priority Fellowship and Scholarship opportunities and activities of the Taiwan Academy and other activities and areas of mutual cooperation. The Embassy of the Republic of China has agreed to provide printed and online information concerning Taiwan Fellowship and Scholarship and offer priority opportunities for applicants. The Taiwan Academy has agreed to provide exclusive access to the relevant websites which contain rare material such as historic and diplomatic archives and facilitate the exchange of relevant information and publications concerning relevant topics and the learning of the Chinese language with traditional characters. It is hoped that the bilateral exchange in the areas of culture, education and academia will strengthen bilateral cooperation between St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan). The website of the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister can be accessed at www.cuopm.com “Taiwan Today” is available at updated daily at http:// taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9 “Taiwan Review” is updated monthly at http:// taiwanreview.nat.gov.tw/


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is reiterating that his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party will continue to provide opportunities for the young people of the twin-island federation to excel. “Our young people are bright and energetic. And this Government is determined to provide the kinds of opportunities that will allow them to develop their talents, pursue new and fascinating options, and, generally, hold their own in an increasingly technological world,” said Prime Minister Douglas as he praised the spirit and determination of over 80 young people who made maximum use of the iCAN Mobile App Development Workshop that the Government arranged through the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Information Technology at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort last week. “We in the Government want Kittitians and Nevisians to know how to design, how to develop, how to promote applications for smart devices that run the Apple, Android, and Blackberry platform. The way we see it is like this: If St. Kitts and Nevis is going to need these applications, and if someone has to design and develop these applications, why not our own people? This Government does not believe that our people must be consumers at all times, and in all circumstances. No! Kittitians and Nevisians can design. We can develop. And we can promote what we design and develop, too!,” Prime Minister Douglas said during his weekly live call in radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” which is syndicated on several radio stations. Dr. Douglas praised his Minister of Information Technology and Youth Empowerment, Hon. Glen Phillip for “stepping forward to make certain that the type of opportunity existed for our very talented young people to explore these new areas, excel, and grow.” He pointed out that Minister Phillip arranged for BrightPath out of Trinidad & Tobago to visit to serve as facilitators. “As a result our young people simply wowed BrightPath. In fact, the facilitator reports that after conducting these sessions throughout the Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis was the first time that participants were able to and come up not with one, not with two, but with three applications at the end of the workshop. All of the other islands, much larger, many more schools, many more students, have been coming up with one application. But St. Kitts and Nevis? This is where the energy, the productivity, and the talent just simply shone,” boasted Prime Minister Douglas. “And let us remember that we’re talking here about CFB students. Not people who have been Government will continue to provide young Kittitians and Nevisians opportunities to excel, PM Douglas hails mobile apps participants working 5, 10, 15 years. And so, for this and many other reasons, I am very optimistic vis--vis the future of our country. As a people, we have proven time and time again that when we put our minds to it, we can hold own with the best of the best – anywhere. As a matter of fact, I should mention that the dynamism and imagination of our young people last week was such that BrightPath’s facilitators had to modify their iCAN workshop to accommodate the creativity they were encountering,” said Dr. Douglas. The young people, among them high school students, came up with three applications: A “Time to Plant” application that will provide important information as to how and when to plant, and care for, various crops; a “Where to Eat” application that will focus on the Federation’s fine dining establishments, their menus, and the type of information that would be of interest to prospective patrons; and an anonymous crimereporting application “I See U” all to be uploaded to the Android Market. “The “Where to Eat” and “Time to Plant” applications, I am told, should be launched in two weeks. And the more complicated “I See U” application, which was successfully demonstrated at the workshop, after additional discussions with various entities have been completed. Imagination is what it is all about. New approaches to old challenges,” Prime Minister Douglas told listeners. Photos of the mobile apps participants courtesy of SKNIS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 9 NEWS Nevis will also be complemented with Chinese medical herbs. Additionally, the Sugar Industry which was once a booming industry in St Kitts and Taiwan will be showcased at a ‘Sugarcane Labyrinth’, in the shapes of both islands. St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas was joined by Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador, His Excellency, Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, Agriculture Minister, Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris; Tourism Minister, Senator the Hon. Richard Skerritt and Public Utilities and Energy Minister; Dr the Hon Earl Asim Martin in the planting of the memorial tree to kick start the multi-million dollar project. And, Prime Minister Douglas and Ambassador Miguel Li-Jey Tsao declared the Preparatory Office on the site open. Senior Minister Dr the Hon. Timothy Harris in his remarks extended sincere thanks to the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its invaluable contribution to agriculture. The Agriculture Minister noted that the Agro Tourism Demonstration Farm (ATDF) moves the cooperation between St. Kitts-Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) to a higher level. “Positioned at the turn-around point of the Scenic Railway, this facility will offer an opportunity for visitors to really enjoy an agro-tourism experience through guided farm tours and a pick and pay system,” said Dr Harris. He revealed that the site will host an agricultural field station, a modern green house, a tea house as well as offering an opportunity for our tourists to receive tours of the farm and experience the rural reality of farm life. The Senior Minister went on to add that if the property is properly conceived and planned it can maximize tourist spending within the country, minimize foreign exchange leakages from the tourism and build domestic entrepreneurship. “Hopefully by adding a new attraction to the array of tourism services we will improve the competitiveness of our Federation as a tourism destination, particularly stay over tourists who by all studies are highest spenders,” he added. His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao revealed that the ATDF stems from an agreement signed in March of last year by Prime Minister and the Republic of China’s (Taiwan’s) Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Timothy Chin-Tien Yang, during an official visit to Taipei. Hon. Richard Skerritt, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and International Trade expressed good wishes and successes to the project. “This ceremony demonstrates a linkage and marriage between agriculture and tourism”, he said. “It is not by accident that the Scenic Railway passes right here, it is not by accident that the Main Road is so close by,” he emphasized. The St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister described the moment as “simply fascinating”, noting that his government has declared its commitment to green energy, agriculture and tourism. The Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Prime Minister of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis will oversee the policy-making aspect of this project, while an ICDF Project Manager, together with Saint Christopher and Nevis counterparts are responsible for the implementation of this project. Other dignitaries in attendance included the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Sam Condor; Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Ashton Stanley and Chief of the Taiwan Technician Mission, Mr Mars Shiue. Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm (cont’d from page 1) Customs launches 8th CCLEC Junior Officers Basic Training Course undergoing eight weeks of intense training in 8th Annual Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council’s (CCLEC) Junior Officer Basic Training Course. The course was officially launched and declared open, on Sunday January 29 with an opening ceremony at the Spice Mill Restaurant, Cockleshell Bay, by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas who praised the youthful exuberance of the department and commended the department’s leadership for its ongoing emphasis on training and human resource development. Prime Minister Douglas went further to emphasize that the youthfulness of the department is testimony that “there many young people in our nation who are law abiding citizens and who take seriously the growth and development of the nation”. Commissioner of Police, Celvin G. Walwyn gave the Keynote Address where he admonished the trainees to adopt an attitude of excellence as “Excellence is a habit,” Walwyn said. The top cop gave warning to all Customs Officers that effective border security dictates that each does his or her job mindful that the nation demands officers it can trust. “You have a duty to God and your country,” Walwyn said, “to avoid even a hint of suspicion”. Assistant Comptroller Theodore Brown gave an overview of the course highlighting the three core aspects of the training exercise the traveler environment, cargo/commercial goods and enforcement. The topics to be covered in the course include Valuation, Classification, Risk Assessment, Legislation, Marksmanship Principles, Importance of the Bureau of Standards and Customer Service. Participants of the 8th CCLEC Junior Officer Basic Training Course are Raynaldo Bradshaw, Travonne Bryant (Nevis), Janaie Browne, Nikita Buchanan, Ferris Charles, Gregory Davis, Kert Grant (Nevis), Kassall Greene, Jevon Gumbs, Sheldon Hobson (Montserrat), Dennicia Jeffers, Kiwannie Joseph, Delando Levine, Lisette Menzies (Montserrat), Arlene Mills, Brian Mills, T’jhron Morris, Kevin Morton, Leon Natta-Nelson, Oswald Patrick, Clyde Rogers, Danika Simpson, Kimbell Warner (Nevis) and Laurecia Williams. Trainees in classroom setting. (cont’d from page 1) OPCW Science Policy Adviser The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is inviting the general public to apply to fill the post of Science Policy Adviser, The Hague, Netherlands. Qualifications include an advance university degree in natural or life sciences along with 12 years experience or a Doctoral degree in natural or life science as well as excellent communication skills. Duties include framing questions from the Director General to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Temporary Working Groups as well as Formulating robust scientific policy for the Director General and for his reports to policy-making organs. Candidates are advised to apply online at www.opcw.org before the deadline of February 19, 2012. For further information pertaining to the application procedure, contact the Human Resource Management Department at 467-1323 or 4671036. BEATING OF THE RETREAT CEREMONY UNDER THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL SIR CUTHBERT MONTRAVILLE SEBASTIAN, THE ROYAL ST CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS POLICE FORCE AND THE ST KITTS NEVIS DEFENCE FORCE WILL PERFORM THE TRADITIONAL MILITARY CEREMONY OF THE BEATING OF THE RETREAT ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 6TH AT 4:30PM INFRONT OF RAMS SUPERMARKET ON THE BAY ROAD. THIS EVENT IS IN COMMEMORATION OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH 2nd 50 YEARS OF REIGN. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS INVITED.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 10 NEWS Address by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture at the Handing Over Ceremony of a shade house to St Kitts and Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum on January 26, 2012 “Transforming the Agricultural Sector” Land with or near water resources is what modern agriculture requires. It requires other things. Land that is fenced, land that allows our farmers produce to move from farm to market with minimum wear and tear because our farm roads are well built and well maintained. And it must be land for which our farmers have tenure. As our farmers – young and youthful – like Deslyn Richards, Blyden Brudy, Michael Smith, Mr and Mrs Moses, Esmon Hendrickson, Ian Chapman, John Carey, Ik and his father Karl Hewlett put their all in agriculture. We are obliged to develop our agricultural markets, our marketing information and intelligence systems. We must pass and administer legislation on praedial larceny, free movement of animal and we must get our monkeys under more effective control. When we address these humbugs and constraints to agriculture we make it easier for the farmer to see a profit. We yield higher output. We save foreign exchange. In sum it becomes a win-win situation. When we can identify the winners in agriculture, we provide the greatest inducement for our young people to want to become a part of agriculture – as farmers, entrepreneurs, professionals, etc I admire our students’ interest in our land. Land is special. It is part of our patrimony. We came from an ostracized lot regarding land to a situation under the Rt Excellent Robert L. Bradshaw where land became a critical asset owned and managed by the state on our behalf. We in Labour will always be attuned to our history, and our reality. We will work to prevent the alienation of our lands from local people. Let me as a member of Cabinet, and a former Minister of Lands, assure you our young people, that whatever policy we pursue, we in Labour will ensure that our lands, sacred as they are, remain available and accessible to our people first and foremost. Last night some acquaintances said to me that with the IMF programme our lands will be in the hands of foreigners. I told them that their sentiment will not be part of the truth of St Kitts and Nevis’ reality. I alerted the Press Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office to this alternative view point being expressed in the context of his press release and those of the IMF because I believe so we set out to implement the austerity programme endorsed by the IMF we must be sensitive to the felt needs, concerns and aspirations of our people and our communication and press releases ought to assure public on these issues and needs.Agriculture and EntrepreneurshipAs we embark on civil service restructuring, in keeping with programmes outlined by the Prime Minister and the IMF, the agricultural sector in my view offers one entrepreneurial option, that is to bring these experienced and matured persons into productive engagement. Their skills set honed over years of management in the public sector can be put to good use as owners, managers and distributors of farms and produce the outputs of agro processing entities. Their skill sets partnering with other stakeholders may lead to commercial orchards, tea and medicinal farms, and meat processing facilities, to enumerate a few areas of tremendous potential in agriculture. Agriculture then has multi functional objectives. One of our tasks as citizens, residents and well wishers is to work for its realization. Today’s event, then, is full of symbolism but beyond symbolism is the real hope it offers, that we are turning the corner. We are seeing more clearly that without agriculture there is no civilization.ConclusionToday we are witnessing agriculture in change mode. We are enhancing our resilience and ability to control the elements and variables that impact agriculture output. So today we are controlling heat, rainfall, insects and pests through protected agriculture systems. Today we demonstrate to our children that the agriculture of the future is an exciting field of endeavour requiring enhanced skills on the part of the farmer and extension officers, the application of science and technology. Welcome to this new world. May our agriculture grow from strength to strength.SalutationsI want to begin by congratulating the youthful members of the St Kitts-Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum for putting forward a winning project. The project basically involves bringing farming under shade houses. By establishing crops in shade houses we can improve children’s lives by boosting academic interest in the subject of agriculture, cultivating their life skills and promoting environmental stewardship on the part of our students. Shade houses can reduce incidences of pests and diseases. The physical exclusion of the insects from the shade houses reduces the incidence of direct crop damage and also of virus diseases transmitted by insects. The polyethylene roof keeps the rains out while allowing maximum passive ventilation. The sun can be brutal on tender young plants. The shade house protects young seedlings from scorching and windburn while reducing water requirements. In collaboration with IICA, St Kitts-Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum was able to source two shade houses (one for St Kitts and one for Nevis) for our schools’ Agricultural Programme through the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives. The total cost of the project is approximately US $22,000. The goals of the project are: 1.To provide a secure location for research and experiments for school children. I hope that this shade house will spark the imagination of our students and nurture a greater love for agriculture. 2.To enhance the farming industry within the federation starting with the schools. It is from our secondary schools and tertiary level institutions that we will attract the new cadre of farmers required to transform our agricultural sector. 3.To provide practical and theoretical training for young farmers and schools. 4.Enhancement of agricultural technology in the schools moving away from traditional agriculture. We are demonstrating that the drudgery and humbug of traditional agriculture can be overcome. 5.Production of seedlings and ornamental plants for schools and farmers alike. 6.Provide aspects of the CSEC/CXC syllabus more readily available to students. We want our students to observe the difference which science and technology make.Youth In AgricultureWe are regularly being asked whether young people are interested in agriculture. Today we can respond positively, sincerely and optimistically “yes our young people are interested in a modern agricultural experience”. That is why a young man from Sandy Point, our own Stuart Versailles, would have taken on the challenge of doing agriculture in Mexico. He has returned to make a contribution and to highlight the contribution of young people in this area. Today he is the President of the St Kitts and Nevis Agriculture Youth Forum. Let us give Mr Versailles a round of applause. But equally let us congratulate all the young people who at our various high schools are doing agriculture. In 2010 and 2011, 144 and 135 students drawn from 7 high schools in our federation namely: the Basseterre High School, Cayon High School, Verchilds High School, Washington Archibald High School, Sandy Point High School, Gingerland High School and Charlestown High School took CXC exams in agriculture. This is a large number of students voluntarily choosing this subject. I salute the 100 plus students taking agriculture at CXC level in 2012. Let us give them all, in particular those students who are here a round of applause. Our young people are preparing themselves for engagement in agriculture – crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries. That is why Crace Lewis and Jerome Davis studied at the Guyana School of Agriculture and Crispin Worrell and Clement Gilbert went to REPAHA/Guyana School of Agriculture to return as Veterinary Technicians. That is why Dr Tracey Challenger as a young lady decided that she could contribute to Veterinary Medicine. It is interest that led Eric Browne, Ian Chapman, Genaldo Gilbert, Lionel Stevens and others to distant lands. At times it was to distant land with different mother tongue to pursue studies in agriculture. I believe it is that interest that left Blyden Brudy to give up teaching for a profession in agriculture.Taking Agriculture to The Higher LevelWe missed the seminal message of these brilliant young people going off to study agriculture. We missed that they wanted us to take agriculture to a higher level, transform it, and promote its place and contribution to national development. So today, our young people are interested in hydroponics not traditional agriculture. Unless we move the agriculture sector forward and upward we will not realize the tremendous potential of the indigenously owned and managed sector. We will not retain the interest of our students taking agricultural science every year. We will not make our farmers better off. Today’s event must therefore remind us to do things differently in agriculture. Today’s event says science and technology are quintessential inputs for achieving efficacious out comes from the sector.Climate ChangeThe climate change phenomenon is requiring us to move with urgency to transform agriculture. Agriculture is one the largest users of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. It is a large emitter and controller of CO2 gases. We therefore cannot seriously address climate change without examining what is taking place in agriculture. We know for sure that the climate has changed. The climate will continue to change so agriculture has to change.Targeted ResponseThe response to the non-sugar agricultural sector is not one of land and land alone, as critical an input as land is. The response must be strategic and targeted.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 11 NEWS -Bankers Association supports Police Anti-Crime Efforts Donation towards Purchase of Dog Basseterre, 27 January, 2012 – The Bankers & Financial Services Association (BFSA) donated EC$3,000.00 to the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force to assist them in purchasing a specialized dog, to help combat drugs and crime activity in the Federation. In making the presentation, President of the BFSA and Country Manager for CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd, Mr. G Peter Edmunds commented that criminal activity affected the entire country, and the quality of life enjoyed by the Federation’s citizens. He noted that crime especially impacted tourism, the main sector of the economy, and that the Association was pleased to be able to make a contribution towards enhancing the capabilities of the Police Force. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Celvin G Walwyn received the cheque on behalf of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force and thanked the Association for its timely donation. The Bankers & Financial Services Association was formed in 2001 and comprises the following Financial Institutions: Bank of Nevis Ltd., Bank of Novia Scotia, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd., RBTT Bank Caribbean Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, and the St Kitts-NevisAnguilla National bank Ltd.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 12 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, 31 January, 2012: Prizes of free LIME services were distributed to the last nine customers to complete the slate of 21 winners in the company’s Christmas of a Lifetime promotion. Included in this group of customers was the winner of the full suite of services Dwight and Sharalee Kelly. The joint account holders won a lifetime of fixed line, internet and mobile services having met one of the entry requirements by paying on time. Accepting for the Kellys, Mr Kelly said it was a pleasant surprise to receive the news of his prize. Although not fully aware of the promotion, he said as a shareholder of the company he was happy to have benefitted from the promotion in this significant way. “As a proud shareholder of the company I think I am most deserving of this prize,” he mused. “I guess I would begin to feel the impact of the prize as time goes by, but the thought of not having to pay a telecoms bill for the next 4 decades does take away one less stress of life,” he concluded. A 19 year old college student, Nikoya Maynard, also received a lifetime gift of free mobile services, for having topped up her phone over the promotion period. The shy second year student said the prize would bring immense relief to her not having to worry about mobile expenses for a long time to come. “On average I top up my phone about $20 per week so that’s a saving I can use otherwise, thanks to LIME,” said the Office Administration major of the CFB College. Three other mobile Lifetime prizes and a lifetime internet were awarded to Niyoka Browne, Morley Norford, Livingston Carey and Sylvester Thomas respectively. Not a stranger to winning Ms Browne told how she was instrumental in her father’s winning a motor vehicle about 5 years ago. “I guess I am just blessed,” she said as she accepted the giant cheque from LIME’s Deanne Arthurton. Across the waters in Nevis three customers were also on the receiving end of the news that there telecomms service would be bill free for the next forty years. Frederick Parris, Anvil Sawh and Shermel Cranstoun all qualified for winning after they topped up their mobile phones. LIME’s Marketing Manager, Darien Belle has observed that the Christmas promotion was wellreceived. “Presenting the prizes to the winners at their place of work or residence piqued the curiosity of many persons and injected an element of surprise into LIME Christmas Promotion ends, Lifetime prizes begin Anvil Sawh Mobile Winner Nevis Nioya Maynard and Sister Mobile Winner Morley Norford Mobile Dwight Allers FullSuite Winner Livingston Carey Internet Sylvester Thomas Internet the promotion. Overall many customers felt that the promotion was a good one given the current economic challenges,” he concluded. 16,000 cruise passengers visited St. Kitts on 7 ships last week BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Nearly 16,000 cruise ship passengers visited St. Kitts last week, according to the St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA). 927 onboard the 821-passenger Braemar. The 446-passenger Saga Pearl which docked on Saturday had on board 381 passengers. The seven ships had a total of 15,905 sun and fun-seeking passengers and a crew of 6,557. Most of the passengers came ashore and went on sight-seeing tours in Basseterre and island wide via the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, buses or taxis. Hundreds also headed for sea and sun bathing on the beaches, snorkeling, sailing, horseback riding, golfing, casino gambling and shopping while others took time to surf the internet and make contact with friends and family. Some 15,905 passengers came aboard from seven cruise ships that docked at Port Zante, Basseterre. On Monday 22nd, the 2,224passenger Norwegian Dawn arrived with 2,351 passengers and the 2,850-pasenger Celebrity Silhouette with 2,821 passengers. The 3,840-passenger Explorer of the Seas arrived with 3,162 passengers last Monday while the following day, 3,238 passengers were on board the 3,114-passenger Adventure of the Seas. On Friday, 3,029 passengers were onboard the 3,050passenger Carnival Victory and Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Silhoutte


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 13 ADVERTISEMENT On Sunday 29th January 2012, the Hon Dr Timothy Harris and the Planning Committee of Constituency #7 worships with Pastor Augustus Shelford and members of the Liberty New The Hon Dr Timothy Harris And The Planning Committee Of Constituency #7 Worship At The New Testament Church At Molinuex Village. Testament Church at Molineux Village. Mr Ericsson Westcott, Ms Mary Saunders and Mrs Shirley Williams thrilled the congregation with two powerful songs. The congregation was very blessed and inspired. Pastor Augustus Shelford delivered a stinging message which was very timely for the days in which we are living in. Many persons were blessed and left the service energized. The Honorable Timothy Harris thanked pastor Shelford for allowing the Planning Committee to worship at his church. He reiterated his commitment to the people of Constituency #7 and thanked them for their support. At the end of the service the group took a group photo Photo by Willett’s Photo Studio Farm is an interwoven flowering of agriculture, green energy, tourism and cooperation BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday that the presence of the Ministers with responsibility for Agriculture, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris; Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Ricky Skerritt; and His Excellency Ambassador Miguel Tsao of the Republic of China (Taiwan) ensures a simultaneous, interwoven flowering of all of these priorities agriculture, green energy, tourism, and bilateral cooperation – in the construction of the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for what is to become a well-sought after tourism attraction, Prime Minister Douglas the vision is a “well thought-out, and innovative project for the benefit of Kittitians and Nevisians, for decades to come.” Dr. Douglas said the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government decided long ago that it would be in no way deterred by the lack of natural resources in the traditional sense of the word: no natural gas, no copper mines and no endless sea of timber. “And the reason we’ve not been deterred is that we have also long understood, and been grateful for the fact, that we have indeed been blessed with the most important “natural resource” of all – an imaginative, determined, and enterprising populace. And we in the Government know, and understand, that that is what is key to all human advancement – anywhere,” said Dr. Douglas. He .said that in addition to the human gifts St. Kitts and Nevis, the twin-island federation is also “breathtakingly beautiful, and a land where fertile soil abounds.” “What better way to marry the botanic, touristic, green energy, and bilateral potential, then, than in a project such as the one we are here to move forward today – this unique and multifaceted AgroTourism Demonstration Farm Project?,” asked Prime Minister Douglas, who noted that the Minister of Agriculture is forever exploring expanded opportunities to marry the fertility of soil with the imagination of the people. “Our Minister of Energy is doing all in his power to move the Federation away from its traditional fossil fuel dependence, and in the direction of green energy. Our Minister of Tourism is constantly seeking innovative ways to make the Federation’s tourism project more intriguing – and more competitive,” pointing out further that St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China on Taiwan “are forever seeking new opportunities via which, together, we can advance the interests of our respective countries and peoples.” Prime Minister Douglas, the Parliamentary Representative and architect of the vision told scores of invited guests that the project is an intriguing culmination of all their efforts and all their objectives.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 14 NEWS -Miss Digicel Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant 2012! Placing participants in the 2011 pageant with Miss St. Lucia, Oneka Mckoy, the reigning Miss Caribbean Culture Queen seated. The excitement is on and plans are now underway for the hosting of the 7th Annual Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant entitled ‘Culturally Yours’. This year, the committee has decided to incorporate a theme into the production of the show which has absolutely no bearing on the presentations of each delegate. The theme, ‘culturally yours’, as a means of motivating each participating territory to present their country’s finest and most creative attributes and talents in the visual and performing arts. As a Caribbean rich in history, folklore and culture, we have so much to offer and showcase to the world. This pageant will serve as that platform where women of the region and exhibit these strong characteristics to their regional counterparts and the world. The Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant, now in its seventh (7th) year, has reached prominence and has now become a rival to other Caribbean pageants due largely to the increased number of participating countries, unsurpassed beauty, intelligence and grace of the delegates, and overwhelming professionalism of the production itself. The pageant, which will be staged in two parts this year, will be a first for the island of Nevis. The preliminary competition of the pageant, scheduled for Friday 27th July will feature The Bikini and Whole Piece Swimwear Segment. This will be held at Carnival City St. Kitts. During the preliminary show, the ‘Exotic Caribbean Beauties’ will parade in creatively styled swimsuits of their choice that shows of their physical fitness and enhances their personalities. And, on Saturday 28th July, Nevis will come alive with the finals of the Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant. The Caribbean Beauties will compete in for additional segments...Cultural Wear, Performing Talent, Evening Wear and Interview. These cultural ambassadors will put their best foot forward as they endeavour to represent their country and themselves to the highest degree while showcasing the cultural elements that make each of their territories unique to the archipelago of islands. Pageant Director Randy Jeffers promises that this year’s pageant will be a truly unforgettable event as it will also feature relational entertainers bringing a cultural flair to the pageant. He also expressed his profound gratitude to all the benefactors of last year’s production. The 2012, Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant entitled Culturally yours, will undoubtedly bring the sights and sounds to the doorstep of St. Kitts and Nevis and therefore out will her worth the wait! Miss St. Lucia, Oneka Mckoy is the reigning Miss Caribbean Culture Queen. Leeds Carnival Founder says this year’s event will celebrate Queen’s Jubilee and Olympics BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A Kittitian who organised the first Carnival in Leeds, England wants to ensure that carnival headquarters at Sheepscar Street North hit by arson last August, following disorder in the Chapeltown area is repaired in time for this year’s celebrations. According Alison Bellamy of the Yorkshire Evenng Post, founder and chairman of the Leeds Carnival Committee, Arthur France, originally from St. Kitts, organised the first carnival in Leeds while he was a student at Leeds University. He has remained in the city ever since. This year’s Leeds West Indian Carnival will be the brightest and biggest to date. Marking the 45th carnival in the city, it will also celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics 2012, with handmade costumes fitting the themes. The very first Caribbean carnival in Europe was held in Leeds in 1967 and was organised by grandfather Arthur France, of Roundhay. He said: “I have helped organise and have attended each and every carnival since 1967, never missing one to date. It is part of me.” “This will be the biggest and best carnival to date. We will be making an extra special effort with more floats than usual and costumes marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, and of course the Olympics. Plus people from other cities will be taking part as well.” Preparations are soon to begin on the colourful costumes for the carnival parade, which will follow its traditional route from Potternewton Park and through the streets of Harehills and Chapeltown. It has attracted 100,000 people in the past. The carnival headquarters at Sheepscar Street North were hit by arson last August, following disorder in the Chapeltown area. The premises were badly damaged and repair work is still going on. Mr. France added: “We are currently painting and getting the premises back to normal. A lot of damage and upset was caused at the time, as well as the biggest archive of carnival history files burned.” Over the next few weeks designs are being created and work on costumes will start as soon as volunteers can. Police Telecom Receives Voice Training Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Telephone and other communication operators from the Telecom Unit of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force are now better equipped to respond to the calls of the public as a result of customer service training being held this week at the Police Training Complex. The three-day training session which runs from Monday, January 30 to Wednesday, February 01, 2012, reinforces Police Commissioner C.G. Walwyn’s commitment to restoring positive communication between the police and the public and raising all aspects of police operations to the highest level of professionalism. According to training facilitator Mrs Hazel RossRobinson, when persons in St. Kitts and Nevis are in distress and call ‘911,’ they hear the voices of the Telecom Unit as their first contact with the police. The establishment therefore wants to make Telecom operators aware of the importance of what they do. “The Commissioner therefore wants to ensure that those who work in that department are keenly aware of the importance of their services to the nation, and that they respond in a manner that’s professional, and in a manner that avoid the type of crisis that usually result if there is inadequate responses and follow-up” said Mrs Ross-Robinson. The main objective of the training, explained the facilitator, is to impress upon Telecom workers that the people who reach out to them are usually in distress and need help urgently and efficiently. “What I’m trying to do is to impress upon the people who work in the Telecom department the fact that when people reach out to them they’re usually in a panic, they’re usually in distress because there’s a fire, there’s a burglary, there is a violent act, and those people are in distress, and they need help,” Mrs Ross-Robinson said. “They need help quickly, they need help efficiently, and they need professional follow-up. So what I’m trying to do is to impress upon the Telecom operators what an important role they provide to the police force, what an important role they provide to the nation, and to make sure that they consistently and unfailingly rise to the occasion, both because their self respect requires it, and because the nation is counting on them to function in that manner.” Mrs Ross-Robinson said this is not the first time that the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has afforded its communication professionals this type of training, but, as a result of the dynamic evolution of the police force, has found it (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 15 NEWS Charlestown,Nevis— (Monday, January 30, 2012) Premier and Minister of Education, the Hon. Joseph Parry said he was “charmed” by five-year-old physically-challenged pupil, Mr. Dawarney Hicks’ determination to learn at the Violet O. JeffersNicholls (VOJN) Primary School. He made the declaration while reporting to the public on his weekly “In Touch with the Premier” radio programme, aired on Choice FM and other radio stations in the Federation. The Premier visited the two primary schools in the St. James Parish, VOJN Primary and the St. James Primary last week, and while at the former, he met the child who “is very intelligent and very attractive looking, who remembered the Premier, and appeared happy to be among his peers, and to be learning”. “It is a fantastic thing, as Dawarney gave me a sense of achievement,” said Premier Parry. “I can’t express how satisfied I felt as a human being. This is why on occasions like these, that you get your just reward for public service. It was a fantastic experience.” He congratulated the headmistress, Mrs. Ermileta Elliott and staff for embracing Mr. Hicks, noting that with the help of the government they are putting in certain facilities like a ramp to facilitate the wheelchair-bound student. The child’s grandmother is also allowed to be there for support. “That speaks well of the government, it shows that we are dealing with a progressive government,” commented the Premier. Premier Parry also reported that the School Meals Programme at VOJN is progressing well, benefitting over 80 percent of the pupils. “Those nutritious meals at this early age, are going to stabilise them and help them for the future to perform outstandingly, to be strong, healthy and successful Physically challenged pupil wows Premier Parry Nevisians,” said the Premier. He urged parents not only in St. James, but in all areas, to make the sacrifice of paying the four dollars a day five days a week to ensure their children get a good nutritious meal. “If you don’t, you still have to buy a hotdog, you still have to buy a drink, you still have to buy other things, and it could very well come to more than four dollars per day. It is better to make the sacrifice in the interest of your children and their future. We as a government, we have an obligation to make sure that the programme continues,” the Premier stressed. Speaking on the said radio programme, the Premier, who is also the Minister of Finance, said he was very proud of his government’s stimulus programme of EC$10 million which was used to rebuild the Charlestown Public Market now named the George Mowbray Hanley Public Market, to construct the kitchen at the Charlestown Primary School, community centres at Cotton Ground, Jessups, Combermere and Fountain, the police station in Cotton Ground, classrooms at the Charlestown Secondary School, and repairs to the roof of the Gingerland Secondary School. “Now the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas, has come with a stimulus package of his own, so much different, but achieving the same thing,” said the Premier. “I want to say that it has come at the right time for us here on Nevis”. “What this package has done is that a number of persons who might have been postponing construction will go into the construction of their homes. They will have new homes and money will circulate in the economy, and there will be jobs for the men. So I want to commend this programme, I want to say that the Nevis Island Government supports the programme and that you can go to the Ministry of Finance to benefit from this outstanding incentive.” Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant 2012 contestant Cinnamon Matthew The Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism, through the 2012 Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant Committee, is pleased to present Miss Ole House Caf Cinnamon Matthew. The Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Tourism, through the 2012 Miss Teen Hospitality Pageant Committee, is pleased to present Miss Ole House Caf Cinnamon Matthew. To reach a successful destination, you need a vehicle assembled with wheels of ideas, filled with fuel of action, a driver with patience and hard work, and selfesteem. With this notion, this “Captain Matthew” welcomes you to her life’s journey…. On April 8th 1996, Ms. Patricia Matthew and Mr. Roosevelt Duncan gave birth to a beautiful rose. Nurtured with love and affection, this rose blossomed into the beautiful and talented Ms. Cinnamon Matthew. Eager and always ready to learn, Cinnamon gained her primary school education at the St. Joseph Primary School and is currently a student at the Gingerland Secondary School. As a form 4A2 student, Cinnamon has an ardent interest in all her subjects, because it is her desire to be a well-rounded student. Upon completing her educational journey, Cinnamon aspires to become a pediatrician. All work and no play make Jackie a dull girl. With this thought nestled in the back of her mind, Cinnamon dubs herself a socialist. When she is not busy being a regular teenager, Cinnamon enjoys dancing, dramatizing and socializing with her friends. Cinnamon describes her personality as one that is lovable and welcoming. Cinnamon strives to be a role model and lives by the motto “Education is the key that opens all doors of success.” She believes that this motto keeps her focus in her studies and on a path towards becoming a well-rounded individual. Remember: “Tourism: Linking generations, bridging cultures.” Ole House Caf Cinnamon Matthew To reach a successful destination, you need a vehicle assembled with wheels of ideas, filled with fuel of action, a driver with patience and hard work, and self-esteem. With this notion, this “Captain Matthew” welcomes you to her life’s journey…. On April 8th 1996, Ms. Patricia Matthew and Mr. Roosevelt Duncan gave birth to a beautiful rose. Nurtured with love and affection, this rose blossomed into the beautiful and talented Ms. Cinnamon Matthew. Eager and always ready to learn, Cinnamon gained her primary school education at the St. Joseph Primary School and is currently a student at the Gingerland Secondary School. As a form 4A2 student, Cinnamon has an ardent interest in all her subjects, because it is her desire to be a wellrounded student. Upon completing her educational journey, Cinnamon aspires to become a pediatrician. All work and no play make Jackie a dull girl. With this thought nestled in the back of her mind, Cinnamon dubs herself a socialist. When she is not busy being a regular teenager, Cinnamon enjoys dancing, dramatizing and socializing with her friends. Cinnamon describes her personality as one that is lovable and welcoming. Cinnamon strives to be a role model and lives by the motto “Education is the key that opens all doors of success.” She believes that this motto keeps her focus in her studies and on a path towards becoming a well-rounded individual. Remember: “Tourism: Linking generations, bridging cultures.” Meeting with driving Instructors necessary at this time to repeat this certification will be discussed. Please be on time Cromwell A. Henry JP DSA (UWI) Inspector i/c Traffic Dept. 662 7293 (W) All driving instructors are invited to a meeting with the Traffic Department on Sunday 5th February 2012 at the Police Training School at 6PM. Matters relative to the start of driver testing and instructors type of training to keep Telecom workers at the top of their ‘game.’ “Well this training has taken place before, but that was some time ago. People get transferred, people move on to other positions, new people come on staff, and so they need to, as well, be upgraded in terms of their skills.” Police Officers too have been receiving vast amounts of training as an ongoing process in forensics and other areas of police operations as components of a multifaceted approach to training being undertaken by the police force. Police Telecom Receives........ (cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 16 NEWS LIFELINES “LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental, behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month, and is written by professionals in the field of social work, mental health, and community medicine”.Promoting Assertiveness in ChildrenSome examples of open ended questions include, “What are your thoughts/feelings about…?” “Tell me what would happen if “x” were to take place?”, “What is the best way to deal with the situation?” These types of questions almost ensure that children learn how to understand how they perceive situations and solve problems. Even very small children could be included in this type of engagement, for even young children already formulate thoughts of how things affect them.Help Children To Learn To Trust What Feels Right To ThemAllow for that feeling to be articulated. Children, like adults, use their personality, their experiences, and their knowledge in a combined equation to help them determine how things impact them and what feels right for them. Children should not be degraded or made to feel wrong, if their particular combination of factors makes them like things done differently to another child. That trust in self, and that comfort in being able to identify that which feels ‘right’ for them, allows children the ability to speak up and assert themselves in situations that could potentially be dangerous or harmful – especially in cases of sexual abuse and other types of violations. Also, continuing along that same notion of developing that sense of trusting who/what feels right to them, children should understand that they do not have to be friends with everyone, especially if someone makes them feel uncomfortable. Sometimes adults inadvertently pressure children into denying that instinctual feeling, by implying that having a feeling about something or someone without having ‘a good reason’ means that the feeling is invalid. Parents and caregivers who validate a simple “I can’t explain why I don’t like this situation, but I just don’t” extend to that child, the respect of really hearing him assert himself in a particular situation.Children should be aware of the followingPeople can change their minds about things; adults do it all the time. Different situations, new understanding of information, and changes in realities are all reasonable considerations when adults change their minds about situations; children should know that as they continue to assess facts and perceptions about situations that affect them, they have the right to change their minds. People don’t know everything, and the only way to ensure learning and knowledge continually takes place, is by being comfortable in acknowledging when they do not know or understand something. Children need to be encouraged to recognize that there is nothing wrong with saying “I don’t know” in situations where that is the case. Their ability to be direct and genuine in relation to this prepares the child to be comfortable in continuing to seek clarity, understanding and knowledge, and is an assertive approach to developing. No one has the right to make children feel guilty, ashamed, devalued or foolish about any thought or feeling they may have about any issue. When children are allowed to respectfully air their views in a forum that is conducive to that, they learn to respect and appreciate the value in differences, they learn to tolerate these differences, just as someone has demonstrated that sense of value and respect when dealing with their differences. They become comfortable in recognizing that differences ought not to come with insensitive values and judgments. Consequently then, there is more of a tendency to take ownership for perceptions, views and thoughts about things that impact them. Promoting assertiveness in children is a process which ideally should be started as soon as possible, so that when children face the challenges of peer pressure in school, they have the real ability to cope, and maintain a healthy perspective of how to maneuver their situations. Promoting assertiveness does not mean giving up parental control and management, but ironically, children who are more assertive tend to be more understanding of and respectful of the boundaries which govern family, community and societal functioning. Submitted Michele de la Coudray-Blake Director-Counselling Department Assertiveness, which describes a firm, non-threatening and nonabusive approach to articulating what is right for that person, should not be confused with aggression, which is a threatening, abusive and invasive approach to getting personal needs met. The former approach satisfies both the need of the individual, and the feeling of being respected of the other individual. The latter approach promotes anger, frustration, discord and feelings of violation – feelings that we want to avoid in most situations. What is the importance of promoting assertiveness in children? Children who are assertive are undoubtedly more confident than their counterparts, more resilient, are engaged in fewer situations of conflict with their peers, and are less likely to be enticed into antisocial behaviours by their peers. They are usually more self aware which then facilitates more self control, often have fewer instances of situational stress and depression, and most importantly, become adults who can function responsibly and in a civil manner in society. Children who learn this skill, do so because they are allowed a certain latitude (within appropriate contexts and boundaries) in school and at home that helps them to understand their strengths and capabilities, that helps them to learn to trust that instinctive sensation of what feels right for them, and which helps them to feel comfortable with their choices. When children learn to feel comfortable with self, it helps to positively influence the act of taking responsibility for choices, and for boldly dealing with consequences for these choices, even when those consequences are less than appealing. Additionally, assertiveness implies knowledge of and confidence in self that ultimately facilitates goal directed and problem solving behaviours – capabilities that lead to success in life.Raising an Assertive ChildSo how do we promote assertiveness in children? What strategies and inherent parenting skills are most likely to help foster healthy expression and that sense of personal value that assertiveness promotes?Allow ChoiceAllowing choice between two or three available and equally workable options (e.g “Which snack would you like to take to school today?”) gives children the opportunity to understand their likes and dislikes and gives them the ability to practice the art of making decisions, as well as considering consequences and benefits associated with the decisions made. It promotes self understanding – children learn to know what things work for them and why, and so they have an increasing sense of confidence in realizing that they know themselves.Use Open Ended Questions in DiscussionsOpen ended questions facilitate discussion; they allow parents and caregivers insight into the child’s world and way of thinking, promote rational and clear thinking because they provide the framework for explaining and defending feelings, increase articulation, and promote the child’s ability to explain the ways that things affect them. News Alert: Meeting with driving Instructors All driving instructors are invited to a meeting with the Traffic Department on Sunday 5th February 2012 at the Police Training School at 6PM. Matters relative to the start of driver testing and instructors certification will be discussed. Please be on time Cromwell A. Henry JP DSA (UWI) Inspector s/o Traffic Dept. 662 7293 (W)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: I was taking a midmorning nap after returning from the Hope Chapel Church in George Street, New Town, where the service starts at 7:00am. I was awakened by a cell call coming from a friend who was reading the Democrat Newspaper and the column Straight Talk and Straight Talk was saying “Cat got their tongue”. I promised my friend that I would look for a copy and read it. So I did and I was shocked at what Straight Talk was saying about the Honourable Sam Condor and the Honourable Timothy Harris. The same article was calling for the resignation of Dr. Denzil Douglas as Prime Minister and describing him as a dictator. The main thrust of the article was a vicious attack on the two Honourable gentlemen for not standing up to Dr. Douglas by speaking out to the public and by not bringing the Labour Party Government to its knees so that Dr. Douglas could resign to be replaced by whom? The article was literally calling the two Honourable men spineless creatures for not leaving. It said that one of them urged people to mark a man and both were very outspoken against Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, but now they are timid beings. The writer went on to question if these gentlemen are afraid to talk out because they are afraid of Dr. Douglas firing their families who are in top positions in institutions in the Federation and say some other terrible things about him. The writer is not certain, but, in the absence of concrete evidence that is what he or she has to conclude. You hear the insinuations? Do you hear the inferences? Do you detect the innuendos? They want these two Honourable gentlemen to come over to their side, to leave sure for unsure, to leave the devil that they know, for an unknown angel, yet, look at what they are insinuating? Sometime last year, in one of my columns I related a story of a Hindu man who saw a Scorpion in a pool of water and ventured to save it from drowning. He tried once, the Scorpion stung him. Undaunted, he tried a second time. The scorpion stung him a second time. Someone who was looking on said to the Hindu, “Why waste time trying to save the Scorpion, when, with every effort you make to save it, it stings you?” the Hindu gentleman replied “It is the nature of the Scorpion to sting, that is why it is stinging me. But it is my nature to love that is why I am trying to save it”. PAM is like unto the Scorpion. Its duty is to sting, to infect people, to throw mud at people, to tarnish their name and their reputation and to totally destroy them and their families if they ever strayed from the straight and the narrow road of PAM. These Honourable gentlemen are fully aware of how PAM wanted to prevent them from studying abroad and how they were hounded and harassed on their return to the land of their birth to find a livelihood. One of them knows how the Bank which gave the scholarships to him to attend University in England was attacked for giving him (who was the best of the applicants) the scholarship. The other one knows how the Firm which gave him a job was hounded to have him dismissed. Now, PAM is calling on these two Honourable gentlemen, whom the Labour supporters of their Constituencies have given a straight fourth term in office from 1995, to run over to a party that does not even have a leader. Both of these two gentlemen are fully aware that, if they were members of the Simmonds Government and they were constantly bombarded by Labour or to have any association with deserters of the party that Dr. Simmonds would have fired them a long time ago. They are fully aware of the nature of the beast called PAM. Dr. Douglas can therefore be referred to in this story as the Hindu. His nature is to love. Look at all the spiteful things that PAM has done to Labour supporters. Look and compare. And, when you compare the era of PAM with the era of Labour, who comes out on top? When you compare Dr. Simmonds with Dr. Douglas, who emerges as the Scorpion and who emerges as the Hindu? Which one of the PAM supporters has Dr. Douglas prevented from earning a living in this the land of his or her birth? Tell me dear reader, tell me! Or better still dear reader; point out the individual or individuals to me. They with their wickedness and forwardness want to smash up the Labour Movement. They whose leader was enticed into a trap at the Marriott Hotel and who was so naive, that the poor fellow, ‘nuff’ with himself, could not even smell a rat. Anybody else with their head on their shoulder could and would have smelt the rat and the trap. Five of his candidates have deserted him, PAM is rudderless and captain-less and they are enticing the two good Honourable gentlemen to come over to a rudderless and captain-less ship. Who will be the captain? Who would be the crew? The Bible says that all power is given by God not by man. On January 25, 2010, the people gave the Labour Party a resounding victory, winning 6 seats to 2, yet, everyday on the talk shows and weekly, in the Democrat, they are attacking these two Labour stalwarts to leave their cruise ship to become part of the crew of a captain-less and rudderless fishing boat. Every day from January 25, 2010, they have demonized and sullied the good name of Dr. Douglas and calling on him to resign. The Doctor has been elected, according to the constitution of the land, to a five year term. Two years of the term have just passed and they are calling for the good gentleman to resign so that they on the other side could form a government of national unity, with whom as the captain? Tell me dear reader; please explain to me who will be the captain of the new ship? Would you leave a cruise ship where you are certain of your position to join a group of inexperienced, arrogant and motley crew, who cannot read a chart and the compass? So, where will they be heading in the ship? Fidel O’Flaherty stood up to ask a question at the New Town School when PAM was discussing Independence. He made a step forward so that he could be better heard. He was beaten with bull pestles and gun butts. Fitzroy Bryant was locked up on a Friday afternoon and kept in the Police Cell without bail and without a change of clothing or a bath from Friday afternoon until Monday morning when he was taken in front of the Magistrate’s Court to seek bail. Lee Moore was removed from the High Court where he was pleading a case, and arrested on a trumped up charge. What was their crime? They spoke about the amount of drugs which were coming into the country. And it was a fact. Intelligence reports stated that some Government Ministers were involved. PAM wants these two Honourable gentlemen to be unable to raise their hands and cry out to the whole world that, before God and man, their hands are clean. Dr. Douglas is too good a leader for them. They are looking for a weak link in the armour of Labour, so they are attempting to entice these two Honourable gentlemen to pierce the armour of Labour and to join up with the motley crew. These two men are not that foolish; they know that if they join the crew, their backs would not be safe. They would always have to look over their shoulders. A big PAM supporter has told me that Dr. Douglas is a strong man, well beloved by the people. They are looking and searching for weak links in the party to unseat him. Watch Dog in the Democrat suggests a rebellion and the Democrat will still be printing. You see why they want to unseat Douglas? He is too good a person to be Prime Minister. PAM does not like good people to be in charge of the country. They want to return to place their hands in the Cookie Jar. Dr. Douglas is too honest for them. PAM possesses the nature of a Scorpion! Date set for National Bank AGM BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A date has been set for the next Annual General Meeting of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank. Secretary Mrs. Yvonne Merchants-Charles said the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Bank will be held at the Ball Room of the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 5 p.m. She said shareholders will receive and confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th September 2011, consider matters arising from the Minutes, receive the Directors’ and Auditors’ Reports and receive and consider the Accounts for the year ended 30th June, 2011. Shareholders will also declare a final dividend, elect Directors and reconfirm the appointment of Auditors for the year ending 30th June 2012. Mrs. Merchant-Charles said all shareholders of record as a 31st January 2012 will be entitled to receive a final dividend in respect of the financial year 30th June 2011. She pointed out that a member of the company who is entitled to vote at this Annual General Meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to vote in his stead. No person shall be appointed a proxy who is not entitled to vote at the meeting for which a proxy is given. The proxy form must be delivered to the Company Secretary 48 hours before the meeting ECCU still seeking assistance for BAICO and CLICO policy holders BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) continues to seek financial relief from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, both in support of policy holders as well as in support of regional institutions whose investments in BritishAmerican Insurance Company (BAICO) now pose a risk to the member countries. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas noted a Health Insurance Fund was in place for most of last year in order to assist affected BAICO health insurance policy holders. “Even as we continue to pursue the best possible outcomes for policy holders, however, it should be understood that final outcomes for BAICO and CLICO will not be the same due to the assets held by CLICO,” said Prime Minister Douglas at a press conference. Dr. Douglas, who is also the Minister of Finance said the complex and highly technical undertaking of recapitalizing and selling BAICO is now underway. “Final negotiations with a preferred bidder should begin this quarter, due diligence being of absolute and utmost importance,” Dr. Douglas disclosed. He said that at the end of this process, which could last until the third quarter of this year, regional Governments wish to see “policy holders having received some relief, and a significantly strengthened ECCU insurance marketplace.” Dr. Douglas said it is anticipated that some 2 out of every 3 of BAICO’s remaining policy holders will be assisted as a result of the efforts of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 18 NEWS Our Social Security system celebrates its thirty-fourth year of operation this year. In several articles, publications and media presentations we have provided information related to our performance and operations. It is important for all of us to monitor our performance and to ensure that we, the stakeholders are aware of our stewardship. We have informed you of the challenges we face and your role in assisting us to improve the effectiveness and stability of the institution. We have also solicited your ideas and opinions on matters which may affect future policies. At Social Security, we hold Integrity, Transparency and Honesty high on our list of core values. In light of all of this I thought it necessary to discuss methods that we (our stakeholders, management and staff) can use to track our performance throughout the systems’ existence. Fortunately for us, the Actuary, Mr. Derek Osborne has already summarized the key “Performance Indicators” of Social Security/National Insurance systems in our region. In his 2004 report produced for the CARICOM Secretariat entitled Social Security in the CARICOM Single Market & Economy, Mr. Osborne outlines these performance indicators as follows: 1.Active Insured as a percentage of the Employed Population 2.Percentage of Self-employed Persons Making National Insurance/ Social Security Contributions 3.Number of Contributors Per Pensioner 4.Benefits and Pensions as a Percentage of GDP 5.Reserve as a Percentage of GDP 6.Expenditure Rate 7.Income Rate (Contributions + Investment Income) 8.Surplus Rate(Income Rate – Expenditure Rate) 9.Reserve-Expenditure Ratio 10.Investments as a Percentage of Reserves 11.5-year Average Nominal Yield on Reserves 12.5-year Average Real Yield on Reserves 13.Administrative Expenses as a Percentage of Contributions 14.Administrative Expenses as a Percentage of Insurable Wages While these fourteen indicators are quite effective at providing some insight into the performance of National Insurance/Social Security systems, they ought to be put into the appropriate context. In order to ensure that the figures derived do not paint a biased or skewed view of the system, one must take into consideration the “Design Parameters” (also from the aforementioned book) of the system itself. The design parameters considered by Mr. Osborne in his report were as follows: 1.Contribution Rate 2.Normal Pension Age 3.Early Pension Age 4.Number of Contributions required for Age Pension (weeks) 5.Age Pension 10-year replacement rate 6.Age Pension 30-year replacement rate 7.Maximum Retirement Pension replacement rate 8.Ratio of Ceiling to Average Insurable Earnings (AIE) 9.Minimum Age Pension as a Percentage of AIE 10.Average Age Pension as a Percentage of AIE 11.Adjustments to pensions and earnings ceiling All of these indicators and design parameters may seem complicated; however, when we understand the concepts behind them, we will be able to appreciate how they may be used to appraise the scheme’s performance. For me, both the Key Indicators and the Design Parameters can be sub-grouped into three categories, namely, Participation, Benefits and Costs/Funding. For the Design Parameters, Participation speaks to what is required for an insured person to qualify for benefits. In this case, the insured persons must “Contribute” to the system, they must attain “Pension Age” (whether Early or Normal) and they must accrue a minimum number of “Contribution Weeks” to qualify for the Age Pension benefit. Once these conditions are satisfied the Benefits speak to what is in store for the person who qualifies. In this case, the beneficiary gets a pension based on accrued Income Replacement Rate (up to the maximum coverage but never below the minimum coverage) and their average weekly earnings. The Cost/Funding speaks to the relevance/meaningfulness of the coverage to the beneficiary and the reasonableness of the qualifying conditions with regard to the benefit earned. Here we see the utility of different ratios and proportions: •Ratio of Ceiling to Average Insurable Earnings Is the maximum coverage too close to the average pension earned? Are persons earning higher incomes receiving fair coverage? Is the minimum pension effective in providing sufficient protection for lower income earners? •Maximum Retirement Pension Replacement Rate Is the minimum or maximum coverage close to or far from average earnings, considering the amount paid for the benefit? •Adjustments to Pensions and Earnings Ceiling Should adjustments be made to the system with regard to the participation requirements, the benefit amounts and or the meaningfulness of the benefit? Similarly, each of the Performance Indicators can be grouped under one of the aforementioned headings, Participation, Benefit or Cost/ Funding. The Active Insured’s as a percentage of the Employed Population, the Percentage of Selfemployed Persons Making NI/SS Contributions and the Number of Contributors per Pensioner would fall under the Participation section. Here we realise that a large portion of Social Insurance is obtained through contributions from employees, employers and selfemployed persons in our country. Thus, the wage levels and the level of participation from these active contributors have a direct impact on our ability to fund the expenses of the system. Also, since these contributors may qualify for pensions in the future, it is important for Social Security to project the number of pensioners and the associated costs to ensure we can meet those obligations, both immediate and in the distant future. The Benefits and Pensions as a Percentage of GDP and the Number of Contributors per Pensioner are the main indicators directly related to Benefits. The former assesses the benefit and pension costs as a portion of the total value of goods and services produced in the country for a given period. The latter indicator gives an idea of the sustainability of the system with respect to the newly insured, who support the pensions of those who qualified before them. Since the pensions usually represent the highest cost to Social Security systems the significance of these indicators is obvious. Factors five to fourteen (5-14), are directly related to the Costs of managing and operating such a system, with consideration to the levels of funding available to cover these costs. The Reserve as a Percentage of GDP gives the value of all Social Security assets available to cover the associated costs. The Expenditure Rate indicates the portion of total insurable earnings (for employees and self-employed persons) that would be required to cover the total cost of the Social Security system. This gives a good idea of how effectively the present contribution rate funds a Social Security the system. The Income Rate expresses total income collected in a given year as percentage of total insurable earnings of contributors. (Here, Total Income = Contributions + Investment Income). The Surplus Rate gives the excess or short-fall of funding total expenses in a given year. It is the difference between total income and total expenditure expressed as a percentage of total insurable earnings. The Reserve-Expenditure Ratio indicates the asset levels of Social Security available to fund its total expenditure in the given year. That is, it describes the Social Security Year-End Reserves divided by the total expenditure of the given year. For example, if total expenditure in 2010 was $100 and the Social Security Year-End Reserves was $2,000, then the Reserve-Expenditure Ratio would equal 20 (or Social Security assets at the end of 2010 were sufficient to cover total expenditure in the same year 20 times). The Investments as a Percentage of Reserves, 5-year Average Yield on Reserves (Nominal and Real) describe the investment performance for the given year. Administrative Expenses as a Percentage of Contributions indicate what portion of contribution income is used to cover administrative expenses. While Administrative Expenses as a Percentage of Insurable Wages gives an idea of what portion of insurable earnings would be necessary to fund the administrative expenses of Social Security. By combining the information from these indicators, we can derive a fair picture of our performance for each given year. These indicators may also inform the Board of potential sensitivity to certain risks with sufficient time for them to seek actuarial advice and to employ appropriate mitigating strategies to manage any negative impact of such risks. Performance Measures By Donovan A.G. Herbert January 27, 2012 Our Pension Fund is MaturingThe St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Fund is now 34 years old. Wednesday 1st February 2012 is the anniversary date of the Institutionwhich was inaugurated in 1978 to replace the National Provident Fund and to offer more meaningful benefits to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Since its inception, the Fund has steadily progressed to become a major source of economic stability both for insured persons and for the nation as a whole. Indeed it has come to be widely respected and regarded as the single most important agent of income insurance as well as an important source of funding for economic development. It has made significant contributions to a wide spectrum of activities ranging from education and housing to community development support, from sports to health and more recently national security.The people of the Federation have had discussions in recent years about the status of the Fund. They have registered their suggestions for the necessary reform which will ensure that the Fund remains sustainable for future generations. The implementation of such reforms is imminent and will signify the appropriate response to the coming of age of Social Security.To commemorate this anniversary the Board, The Social Security Fund Is 34 Years and Counting Management and Staff will participate in Thanksgiving services at the Zion Moravian Church in Basseterre on Sunday 5th February on St. Kitts, and at Henry’s Memorial Wesleyan Holiness Church at Bucks Hill Nevis on Sunday 12th February. The Board wishes to say thanks to the people of the Federation for the success that the fund has achieved to date, and extends an invitation to the public to join us in worship as we give God thanks for His grace and providence to our Institution over the years.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 19 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) As St. Kitts and Nevis athletic icon, Kim Collins, prepares for the London Olympics, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says Collins continues to impress and confound his compatriots. “Despite being much older than most runners, Kim again distinguished himself, coming in second in both the 60 and the 200 PM Douglas says Kim Collins performance “a clear message to nationals” metre races in Glasgow, Scotland each time being surpassed only by Great Britain, and each time coming in ahead of Germany – and everyone else! We all congratulate Kim,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” Dr. Douglas said what Collins is doing in athletics is “sending a clear message to all St. Kitts and Nevis nationals in academia, the arts, business, parenting, and every other field, that there’s no substitute for hard work.” “We have to forget about what is impossible, and focus on what is possible. We can never let the fact that we are from a little village, or a little street, on a little island hold us back from fulfilling our God-given potential. It is not where we were born that determines our destiny, but our Kim at Glasgow 2012 spirit, our character, and our determination,” said Prime Minister Douglas. So tell me By Jean Thomas So we like computers Oh yes! We do like computers. We are lost without them. They are a definite part of our lives. Even new born babies, give them a computer and they are happy. All right, I may have exaggerated there a bit. But if you have a problem with your computer or cannot understand anything on your cell phone ask your grandchild to assist you. They do not have the fear that we the older ones have. They are not afraid that something will spoil. They touch everything on the pad. They have no fear. They are forever texting their friends. They can be found on “twitter”, and “face book” on their cell phones and computers. They are professionals and I bow my head to them. The new era and the technology with the cell phones and computers are phenomenal. However, sometimes I find them frustrating. We have to pay our bills. These days all the offices are computerized and things are going fine. The customers are paying their bills, and the lines appear to be moving and I think to myself I will get out of the office quicker than I thought. Then, as soon as I get to the counter, the clerk looks up at me and say, “give me a minute, the system is down”. I then think to myself. ‘Murphy’s Law’ just clicked in for me, and I wonder how much longer will I have to wait? Meanwhile, the lines are growing longer, customers are getting grouchy and there is nothing we can do but wait or return another day or another time. But I do not want to return another time or another day. So I wait, and think – ‘so much for the computer’. I am not saying they have not afforded us much to rejoice about – but when they crash and I have to wait I am not amused and wonder, why me, why now? So I wait and watch my time slipping away, for I feel if I leave the same thing could happen again when I return. So tell me, how do you feel and what do you do, while you are waiting to be served, when these computers decide to crash? Do you think they also get tired and decide to take a break? I am just wondering. UWI Open Campus St. Kitts And Nevis Celebrates Literary Hero: Caryl Phillips Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts and went to Britain at the age of four months. He grew up in Leeds, and studied English Literature at Oxford University. He is currently a Professor of English at Yale University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of the West Indies Open Campus in 2010. He has written fifteen highly acclaimed novels and collections of short stories, three plays for theatre, one screen play for a three hour feature film and has edited two anthologies. His work has been translated into over one dozen languages. He has received several awards for his writing and has taught at universities in Ghana, Sweden, Singapore, Barbados, India, and the United States. In 2011 The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus St. Kitts and Nevis received a generous donation of all of Caryl Phillips’ novels, several of his essays and several reviews of his work. As a part of the History and Heritage Week of Activities 2012, which seeks to highlight the contributions of our everyday heroes and heroines to our history and heritage, the UWI Open Campus will launch a library display of Caryl Phillips’ work at the UWI Open Campus St. Kitts Site, The Gardens, Basseterre. The display will be open to the general public on weekdays from 5:00PM – 9:00PM from February 8, 2012 – February 29, 2012. Caribbean cultural theorist Stuart Hall once wrote: “identities are the names we give to the different ways we are positioned by, and position ourselves within, the narrative of the past”. The UWI Open Campus would like to encourage individuals to visit the display and to consider the way we are positioned and the way we position ourselves in our literary history and heritage. Junior Achievement kicks off Entrepreneurial Training Programme 2012 is the era of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. Mr Calvin Cable, Executive Director of the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, reminded attendees of the impact that the global economic crisis has had on the local and regional business marketplace, which has resulted in Seventy students and their teachers from seven secondary schools in the Federation participated in the first training seminar for this year’s Junior Achievement Company Program. The seminar was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Auditorium on Saturday January 28, 2012. The training session introduced the students to the various components of the Project, and in particular, the creation of business plans. The sessions were facilitated by Ms Youlouca Armony-Browne of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and Mr Philip Browne of the National Entrepreneur Development Division (NEDD). The students were encouraged to take full advantage of the Program as this major difficulties in gaining employment in the traditional areas. One solution to this, he explained, can be realised through Entrepreneurship, small business development and selfemployment. The Junior Achievement Company Program is an annual Project which is managed by the Chamber, and supported by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and many business houses in St Kitts and Nevis. Title Sponsors for the Programme are the St Kitts Nevis and Anguilla Nevis National Bank Ltd and CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. The objective of the Program is to empower youth in the areas of entrepreneurship, partnerships & collaboration, savings, investing & wealth creation, ethical behaviour in the workplace and the environmental and social responsibilities of business enterprises.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 20 COMMENTARY VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Requirements Requirements Requirements Requirements Requirements for high service for high service for high service for high service for high service Service is an important concept in Scripture. About five hundred times we find forms of the noun servant and the verb serve. When we come near the end of life we understand why. Looking back, we realize that only the things we did in the service of God to our fellowmen are important. Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell expressed it beautifully in this quotation. “The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth”. The greatest servants on earth are Mothers. Testimonials from children about their mother read like this. “Her whole life was service”. “Her first thought was always someone else”. “Her instinctive reaction was always to put the other person first.” “By her example, she taught her children to look back at the world in terms of whom we could serve and to look at every friend as someone we could help”. It goes without saying that our greatest example who stood above all else is Jesus Christ. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”. (Mark 10:45). From time immemorial, but more so, in this sea of super-sophistication, high requirements for high service are demanded these days on applicants/candidates. Let us walk through preliminary steps. Before the appointment to service he/she is carefully screened through inquiries to his schools and acquaintances. Answers to long questionnaires dealing with every aspect of his/her life are requested from his references. The screening process for top level jobs also includes an interview by a Secretary, Board Committees, even a Medical Doctor. He/she is sometimes lectured, counselled and examined regarding his/her knowledge of and aptitude for upward mobility, etc. The reward for passing such tests is not simply job security, a good salary or a top position with the organization, but a relatively obscure spot as a member of a team – known to his associates, supporters, etc.ROLE MODELS“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind” (Pearl Buck). So the question each of us should ask is this: What? Me, a Servant? What type of life-style am I to exemplify as I attempt to live out my commitment to God and man on a daily basis? These days we hear comments that role models are few and far between because, as a whole, our society tends to look up to the tough guys, the people with money and power, as the epitome of human success. That maybe the thinking on Broadway or in Hollywood where I understand the saying is “It doesn’t matter who you step on, on your way up, as long as you don’t come back down”. Is this copied by others? The irony is that we swallow just about everything foreign and try to transplant them in our small societies A kind of, “monkey see, monkey do”. Jesus says the Christian and persons of high moral and ethical calibre are the ones expected to contradict such deplorable social standards of today’s society. One of the great heroes in the New Testament is Stephen. He was just a table server (Acts 6:8). The ordinary became the extra-ordinary, the mundane became the exciting, and all because Stephen was willing to serve and to give all his energy to serve others and glorify God, don’t confuse service with servitude, please. Service is too often misrepresented as menial, downgrading and undesirable. But the Bible’s view of service is far different. It is one of the highest callings of mankind. Service is raised to such a high place because it is an attitude that meets people’s needs. Tell me, when you see a need (and there are many in the Federation), are you and I willing to respond? The next question is whom do you serve? Remember we are called to serve both God and others. We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small. SMALL SERVICE IS TRUE SERVICE William Wordsworth was right when he penned that line above. Hence the question for us today is How do you and I serve? The way to get the proper attitude toward service is to focus on Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate example of a servant. If we serve our fellowmen for reward, our reward will not be greater service, for we will have served with a poor motive. Our motive for serving God and others, however, should never be what we can get out of it. If that becomes our motive. We are not giving with a clean heart. But if we serve because we want to give we will get back much more than we gave. Someone has made the point that when we embark on service of any kind, especially Public Service, attitude is very important. “There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative” (Clement Stone). Public Servants should be: Energetic, but not Self-seeking. Tactful, but not Timid. Self-reliant, but not Self-sufficient. Steadfast, but not Stubborn. Serious but not Sullen. Gentle but not Hypersensitive. Loyal, but not Sectarian. Immovable, but not Stationary. Tender-hearted, but not Touchy. Conscientious, but not Perfectionists. Disciplined, but not demanding. Meek, but not Weak. Humorous, but not Hilarious. Friendly, but not Familiar. Discerning, but not Critical. Progressive, but not Pretentious. Mark Twain summed up all the above in this quotation: “It is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not deserve them”. Let us try hard in 2012 and beyond to reach out to our fellowmen by rendering quality service. Service like friendship is love in action – willing to risk, willing to follow through, willing to respond to needs. Service multiplies joys, but divide griefs. In this year of our Lord, let us work together; bury the proverbial hatchet and put Country above self and party. Our nation is crying out for it.May God bless us all! The Wisdom of God(Continued) The Christian’s Perplexing Trials The same wisdom that ordered the paths which the saints of old travelled in Biblical times is that which orders the Christian’s life today. We should not, therefore, be too taken back when unexpected, upsetting and discouraging things happen to us. Such things mean that God in His wisdom is making something of us and we are attaining it. So He is dealing with us accordingly. At this time, God is strengthening us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility or meekness and the like. God sometimes gives us extra practice by exercising these graces under difficult conditions. Most times God has new lessons to impart to us when we experience in self-denial and self-distrust. Sometimes, God really wants to break us from complacency, unreality or undetected forms of pride and conceit; perhaps His purpose is simply to draw us closer to Himself in conscious communion with Him. This is often the case which some of the Saints are aware, when the fellowship with the Father and the Son is most vivid and sweet; but Christian’s joy is the greatest, when the cross is heaviest. This is when God is preparing us for types of services which are unknown. The apostle Paul saw part of his own afflictions in the fact that God comforts Christians in all their struggles, so that they can comfort others in any trouble, with the comfort they themselves have received from Him (see 2 Corinthians 1:4). Even the Lord Jesus learned through His sufferings to be obedient, and so was “made perfect” for high-priestly ministry of sympathy and help to His hard-pressed disciples (see Hebrews 5:8-9). We as Christians must not be surprised if Christ calls us to follow in His footsteps, to prepare us for the service of others by painful experiences which are quite reserved. God knows the path He is taking us, even though for the moment we do not know. Often Christians are bewildered over things that are taking place in their lives. The element of trust should be applied for God knows exactly what He is doing, what He is after and where we are going, in His handling of our affairs. Note that, at all times and in everything God is wiser; sometimes it is only from hindsight we are able to understand His leading. Job only understood his plight in the last chapter (42), of his book. As Christians we must never hesitate to trust the wisdom of God, even when we are in the dark on His pathway.How are we to meet these baffling and trying situations, if we at present do not see God’s purpose in them? First accept them from God while asking ourselves, how we should react to them in light of the Gospel, while seeking God’s face specifically about them. It is most certain that if we do these things, we will never find ourselves in the dark of God’s purpose in our troubles. Christians should always see as much purpose in their struggle as the apostle Paul saw in the thorn in his flesh – whatever that was. In His own words, his troubles came, as a “messenger from Satan” tempting him to hard thoughts of God. He resisted the temptation and sought Christ’s face three times, asking that it might be removed. The answer God gave was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Upon reflection, Paul perceived a reason why he was afflicted; it was to keep him humble, “To keep me from being conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations.” This thought and Christ’s word were enough for him. Paul looked no further. These are his final words on that matter, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12: 7-9). Paul’s attitude in this situation is a model for us. Our struggle as Christians may or may not have equipped us for future service, but they will always have at least that purpose which Paul’s thorn in the flesh had. They are sent to make and keep us humble; and to give us an opportunity of showing forth the power of Christ in our mortal lives. We need to know no more about them but what we know. The wisdom of God is known in that situation. Paul glorified Christ, he accepted his cross as wisely appointed and he rejoiced in it. We too are given Christ’s grace in all our troubles to continue Christ’s journey doing likewise.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 21 NEWS -Have Faith Written by Floy HensleyFaith: “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) To God be the glory in all what we do and say! In all things give God all the thanks and praise! In spite of the many challenges you may be facing now, only God can make a way out for you right now. We are living in a world where persons have more questions than answers and just living life like there is no tomorrow but my good readers, let me tell you that God is still alive and well. There is a God who is concerns about what happens to you and only through prayer we can see great results. Prayer is the only answer to our growing problems around, all the talk and no prayer,we have to put our request to our heavenly Father. Allow God to handle it all for you today in your situations right now and see great change. Having faith in God moves the hands of God, faith without work is dead! We need to do the action and moves in his direction and see God move on our behalf. God would not give anyone of us more than what we can bear, just remember that he’s working things out on your behalf. Do not give up on God because he has not given up on you. Do not be too busy to give God thanks and appreciation for all what he has done and going to do for you my good people. Be encouraged today and know that only God can move the mountain before you. I pray that each and everyone of you would have a really blessed, favor filled, productive, accident and incident free week in the presence of the Lord. God is not dead, but very much alive and working behind the scenes for our betterment. Be blessed and stay connected to your God. New Combermere Community Centre opens; residents urged to use resources to bring about lasting change NIA-CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (FEBRUARY 01, 2012) — Minister responsible for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel urged residents of Combermere to look at the resources in their community and use them to bring about lasting change in the society. He was at the time delivering remarks at the official opening of the Combermere Community Centre in the St. James Parish, the fourth new Centre to be commissioned by the Joseph Parry-led Nevis Island Administration in recent months. The Centre was opened under the patronage of Mr. Franklyn Browne a prominent Senior Citizen of Combermere Village. According to Mr. Daniel, the opening of a community centre signalled the start of a new approach to life and represented a great opportunity for social and economic development as he pointed to the importance of self help. “This Centre must facilitate efforts at self-help and self-reliance concepts that need to be kept alive in our community. Self-help recognises that the community can always do something. It recognises its strengths and capacities and commits to doing something to make the situation more malleable,” he said. The Social Development Minister also told those present that if they agreed that social problems threatened the threads which wove them as a society then the construction of community centres to anchor intervention programmes for social upliftment should come as no surprise to them. “If we agree that people matter, if we agree that much that we seek to accomplish will only happen through the free and enthusiastic participation of people, then here is your focal point for participation,” he said. Mr. Daniel also used the opportunity to list a number of programmes that would be available at the Centre. They include programmes in Skills Training, Education, Social, Leadership, Business and the Arts but impressed upon the need to move forward unhurriedly but steadfastly with their implementation. “If we agree that community development relies upon local communities and attempts to combine internal and external resources, stimulates local initiatives and promotes the improvement of basic living conditions, let us take our time but walk fast to introduce the programmes because in the words of Murray Ross, co-operative and collaborative work requires people who can endure, welcome and move comfortably with diversity and tension,” he adding that paths were made by walking. The Minister stated that the NIA had started walking and Caribbean Cable Communications (Nevis) Ltd. had joined the journey to provide complimentary internet services to Combermere Community Centre and all others across the island. Meantime, the Company’s Branch Manager Mrs. Trecia Daniel in brief remarks said her Company was not only a utility but was also committed to community development. She said they had given an undertaking to provide free internet service to ever single community centre in Nevis and had already given free Cable TV service to various schools on the island and more recently to the Police Barracks at Bath Plain, Cotton Ground and Butlers “As a responsible company we see it as our duty to commit our resources where possible towards the development of our people. It is now a truism that the most important resource for any small country is our human resource and Caribbean Cable Communications wants to play a role in that. As such we have decided to provide complimentary wi-fi internet service to this community centre. “We want to know that (L-R) Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel showing keys for the new Combermere Community Centre from Contractor Mr. Livingston Mills The new Combermere Community Centre A cross section of persons present at the official opening of the Combermere Community Centre (Extreme right) Renowned Combermere Villager Mr. Franklyn Browne cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the Combermmere Community Centre. Looking on are (L-R) Premier of Nevis hon. Joseph Parry, Minister for Social Development on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel Daniel, Area Representative, Attorney General of St. Kitts and Nevis and Federal Minister of Legal Affairs Hon. Patrice Nisbett. Back row (L-R) Minister of Trade on Nevis Hon. Dwight Cozier and a Villager everyone whether it be the little eight year old boy who needs the internet to do his homework or the eighty year old grandmother who wants to log on to YouTube to find out the best way to play steel pan to be able to surf the internet right here at the community centre,” she said. According to Mrs. Daniel, the service would also be available to student study groups for Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams and single parents interested in learning a skill all because CCC stood for more than Caribbean Cable Communications. “It is because CCC stands for Caribbean Cable Cares.” However Mrs. Daniel urged residents to use the internet wisely and cautioned that the service was not provided for the use of any outrageous purpose. She stated that the service should be used for them to become some of the most outstanding people in Combermere and by extension Nevis “The wiser you use it the more we at Caribbean Cable will find ways to care for the community we love and serve. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the NIA and you the good people of Combermere for affording us another opportunity to bring the world to you,” she concluded. Branch Manager of Caribbean Communications (Nevis) Ltd. Mrs. Trecia Daniel


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 22 NEWS Results Of SKNFA Digicel Premier & Division 1 Matched Played on Tuesday 31st January 2012. Premier Division at NewTown Playing FieldSt. Thomas Trinity Strikers 1 vs Rams Village Superstars 1 (Half Time 1 0) Score r for St. Thomas Trinity Strikers Azeem James 12th minute Scorer for Rams Village Superstars Devaughn Elliott 55th minute Yellow Cards Damien Hanley (Strikers) 40th minute Dornel Bernier (Strikers) 57th minute Keshawn Liburd (Village) 63rd minute Kaya Hendrickson (Village) 75th minute Officials were Tristley Bassue, Len Harris, Alexis Joseph & Steadroy TecheiraDivision 1 League MatchesAt Ottleys Playing Field Davis construction Lodge Patriots 1 vs SPD 1 (Half Time 1 0) Scorer for Davis Construction Lodge Patriots Shaquille Dore 21st minute Sean Liburd missed a penalty for SPD in the 66th minute Scorer for SDP Vincent Warner 81st minute Yellow Card Sean Liburd (SPD) 86th minute Officials were James Matthew, Florencetine Morton & Kendrea Tully At Garden Playing Field *Trafalgar Southstars won by default over Island Auto Supplies Combined schools Officials were Caldon Duncan, Delroy Jeffers & Jason Rouse At St. Pauls Playing Field Youth & Experience won by default over Newtown Jrs Officials were Stedroy Douglas & Earl Leerdam S.L.Horsford Pacesetters relay fest The S.L.Horsford Pacesetters is hosting it annual relay festival on the 5th of February and we would like to invite all premier division teams to take part in our relay festival. They would only compete in the 4 X 100m relay and the 100m to be name the fastest football relay team and the fastest footballer. The Winning team will get a trophy and medals for the top three positions... Please respond to indicate if you are taking part.. Thanks .. See you there.. Below is the program ..Event schedule..1. High Jump Categories U-13, U 15, U -17 and 17+ 2. Sprint Medley Jr. ( U-17) ) (200,100,100,400) 3. Sprint Medley Sr. (17+ ) (400,200,200,800) 4.Swedish Medley Jr. (u-17 )(100, 200,300,400) 5. Distance medley Sr. (17+) (600, 200,400,800) 6. Javelin Categories U15, U-17 and 17+ 7. 4 X 100m Premier Football team relay champion 8. 4 X 200m Jr. 9. 4 X 400m Sr. 10. 100m premier football fastest man Let me know what u think Windies Women camp ahead of India Women visit Matches to be played in Antigua, Dominica and St KittsSt John’s, Antigua – West Indies Women’s team will have a 12-day pre-series camp in Antigua ahead of the eight-match series against India Women later this month. The camp will be held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the girls will focus on fitness, match analysis and improving their skill levels ahead of the series. The Windies will also play two warm-up matches against the Antigua Under-17 boys team on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday February 12. After the camp, the West Indies will host India in five T20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals. Matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua; Windsor Park in Dominica; and Warner Park in St Kitts. The teams are using the series as part of their preparations for the ICC T20 World Championship to be played in Sri Lanka in September and October. Stage set for exciting WICB Regional FourDay Tournament St, John’s, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Four-day First-class competition is set to bowl off on Friday with the return of PINK ball matches under lights. Trinidad & Tobago will face Combined Campuses & Colleges in the season’s first match using the PINK ball at the 3Ws Oval at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. First ball is 3.30 pm (2.30 pm Jamaica). The other first round matches will be day games. Defending champions Jamaica go in search of a fifth consecutive title when they face Windward Islands at Sabina Park. In the other match Guyana take on Leeward Islands at Windsor Park in Dominica. Barbados have drawn a bye. Speaking on Thursday, Dr Ernest Hilaire, Chief Executive Officer of the WICB, said this season promises to be an exciting one for the region’s best players and the passionate spectators across the Caribbean. “The Four-day First-class competition is an important and integral part of the WICB’s annual calendar as we seek to develop high-quality players to represent the West Indies at the international level. The first-class season has a strong tradition across the region dating back to the 1800s. As we enter the 2012 season we expect more competitive contests between the seven teams. We urge the players to play in the true spirit of the game as they are ambassadors for our beautiful game,” Dr Hilaire said. ”This year we have decided to re-introduce the PINK ball, which met with the approval of players and fans back in 2010. The PINK ball adds a new dimension to the season and is sure to bring added excitement and entertainment. We see it as part of the way forward as we look to broaden the spectator base and prepare our players.” Dr Hilaire added: “We saw large turn-outs during the recent successful hosting of the WICB Caribbean T20, and we expect that level of interest to continue. At the WICB, we aim to bring the game back to the fans and we believe the format of having day-night cricket in the four-day tournament is one way to generate public interest and create a win-win situation for all our stakeholders.”MATCH SCHEDULET20 Internationals Saturday, February 18: 1st T20 International at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua 6.30 pm Sunday, February 19: 2nd T20 International at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua 6.30 pm Wednesday, February 22: 3rd T20 International at Windsor Park, Dominica 2 pm Thursday, February, 23: 4th T20 International at Windsor Park, Dominica 2 pm Monday, February 27: 5th T20 International at Warner Park, St Kitts 2 pmOne-Day InternationalsWednesday, February 29: 1st OneDay International at Warner Park, St Kitts 10 am Friday, March 2: 2nd One-Day International at Warner Park, St Kitts 10 am Sunday, March 4: 3rd One-Day International at Warner Park, St Kitts 10 am West Indies Squad: Merissa Aguillera (Captain/wicket-keeper), Stafanie Taylor (Vice Captain), Shemaine Campbelle (wicketkeeper), Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Pearl East Basseterre Labour Notice Etienne, Stacy Ann King, Kycia Knight (wicket-keeper), Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman.The East Basseterre Labour Branch will hold its firstGeneral Branch Meetingfor the year on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, at the Constituency Office located on Stainforth Street, New Town. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm and will be addressed by the Parliamentary Representative for the Area, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin. A cordial invitation is extended to all residents of East Basseterre. Please make a special effort to attend and be punctual.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03RD 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce By: VigilanteThe outrageous, cannibalistic attacks made on our Prime Minister and Governor-General by vagabonds in rescue land over a week ago, petered out into nothingness as expected in short order. Even the Democrat newspaper seemed to have made an effort to ascertain the truth from the G.G. The lie, manufactured by the chief rescue man, was most unfortunate. The effort to continue the spread of the falsehood on radio by rescue pipsqueaks fell through. Clearly, in propagandising the G.G. and the P.M., it was rescue land gone mad. The cover, and comfort, and shelter some anti-government outlets offer this crank in his daily assaults on our Prime Minister is unfortunate. He seems to thrive on these alleged, strange bits of information from “reliable sources” that have no political agendas”. Which honest, trustworthy confidant in the employ of the State would divulge personal, private information in his/her trust to a political opponent? So when the traitor begins to give his daily dose of political garbage to the public as coming from “very reliable sources ...” they done know he lie. Then some two weekends ago, on their weekly “Inside the PAM/ Rescue Guts Show” where Massa Caines and 1/4lb Onion starred, the former PAM Chairman disclosed that Massa is still a member of the PAM Executive and that he still attends PAM Executive Meetings. Would you believe that on the same show Massa was bold enough to say that he not in any politics? Please Massa! Try hard! No Politics?? Massa and Rescue Working for PAM So you can well understand how false and fake these people are. And whose agenda, Massa and the cannibal traitor really pushing. And they ain’t in no politics? These fellas talk like real political gangsters. It is as clear as day, this rescue crew is all PAM and proud. And that is their right so to be. But they need to stop saying they are not in any politics. They not fooling anybody. Everyone knows what lane they in. The Sheriff’s election petition case ended last week. So we shall soon know whether or not a by-election will be held in the St. John’s Constituency in Nevis. Some so-called neutral media outlets here have shown total bias and partisanship for the Sheriff. One host on a talkshow here actually described the Sheriff’s petition as “the people of Nevis” against Hensley Daniel. That’s real balance in FM reporting for you. All the posturing and criticisms of the system by the PAM in particular, at this time, is so ridiculous. The PAM met a system in place in 1980 when the NRP gave them an opportunity to govern that was working well. PAM went and tampered with it in several ways, including the introduction of overseas voters. Now the biggest critic of the same overseas voters is the same PAM. The country undertook an elaborate Electoral Reform exercise a few years back. It was as open and transparent as ever. Every citizen, organisation, political party was invited to be involved. None were excluded. All views and recommendations were taken on board. The opposition’s main issue is that they have been losing since 1995. While they were winning, all was well. All it demonstrates is their immaturity and unfitness for leadership. They have resorted in recent years to vitriolic attacks on the country’s leadership in their newspaper and over daily talk-shows on FM radio through the mouths of their messenger boys and girls. When the PAM goes and takes Labour people name from the List, who have moved from one place in St. Kitts to another, I suppose that is ok, so wonderful to some. They even put it in their newspaper. Massa is very comfortable with that. They brag and boast about it. When names are moved from Lists in Nevis who have never lived or who no longer live in the St. John’s Constituency, vow it is “electoral fraud” at its highest according to the same PAM/Rescue Massa. What for PAM is excellent politics in St. Kitts, is at the same time “electoral fraud” in Nevis. You see, whatever PAM starts here, they complain about when some other Party finishes it. There are oh so many names on our lists of persons who no longer live where they are registered. This is a fact. PAM makes it clear that only Labour supporters’ names can be removed. But wet your hand and wait for me. We really hope Massa and Eugene and all the other electoral fraud experts will be happy when other names are affected for the same reason here in St. Kitts. Let’s say amen to that. Before now, all was well once PAM won. Problems arise only after PAM lost convincingly in 1995. Under the PAM reform system, they got a 7-1 spanking from the Labour Party. They did not see it fit even they too congratulate the winner. So all their loose talk these days is just so much bull-crap, and deserves to be treated as such. The rank and file members of PAM are now putting more and more pressure on Lindsay Grant to give up the leadership of the party. And, they are using their PAM/FM talk-shows to press home their demands; but inside sources say de pompous Little Bo Peep fellow is not backing down at all. He openly brags to his drinking pals that they (his rebellious opponents) could talk till cock get teeth, they can’t move him. They can bark, but they can’t bite. Dey say he (Little Bo Peep) now find out that his deputy (Sleeping Hammy) is crooking him. Sleeping Hammy wants to tek way he job and is de one organising PAM people to “call-een” and “sendeen” all sorts of damaging emails attacking him and calling for his removal as Party Leader. De talk ah de town last week was de big bombshell dropped on Little Bo Peep, when “PAM Lennox” (Sleeping Hammy’s henchman in New York), called up de Radio Talk Show host and lambasted de hopeless PAM Leader, saying neither “Lindsay Grant” nor “the Rescue Crew Leader” was any alternative to Denzil Douglas as a National Leader. They were no match for the good doctor who remains solid like a rock. “PAM Lennox” went on to state boldly that de hopeless PAM leader was not fit to be a Party Leader or Prime Minister. He said he was like an albatross around PAM’s neck and PAM can never, ever win an election with him as their leader. Lindsay Grant has to go. “PAM Lennox” pencilled Little Bo Peep, declaring if he was not in government as yet and wanted to sell off the country’s patrimony for next to nothing, to a complete stranger, imagine what he will do if he ever gets the chance to be Prime Minister and rule this country. When the news got to the pompous Little Bo Peep fellow he became so angry that he immediately called for an emergency meeting of the PAM Executive to deal with Sleeping Hammy who he accused of setting up his henchmen (PAM Lennox) to attack him and undermine his leadership. Party sources say Little Bo Peep openly threatened to fire Sleeping Hammy from the party, if he doesn’t stop ‘PAM Lennox’ from coming on the PAM/FM radio and attack and criticize him. But dey say, Sleeping Hammy fired back in de meeting, reminding Little Bo Peep that he was a Johnny-come-lately in the party and that he (Sleeping Hammy) has won his seat in Constituency 8, while he (Little Bo Peep) lost 4 times – twice at the polls and twice in the Courts. Sleeping Hammy went on to add that he (Little Bo Peep) will never, ever win a seat in this country and with that, the meeting break up with threats firing left, right and centre. Little Bo Peep’s gang members have since set upon “PAM Lennox” busing him and telling him to stay in de cold and stay out of PAM’s business. In a recent Talk Show on the PAM/FM radio, the Rescue Crew leader was officially welcomed aboard the PAM Party by the 1/4lb Onion Chairman; and he was also warmly welcomed to PAM by Massa Caines, who 1/4lb Onion said is still an active member of the PAM Executive and Party. People in Nevis want to know why has de fellow who claims that he is everybody’s cousin, gone missing in action on the Talk Shows there recently. Dey say since de Sheriff turn his back on him, he say he following the sound advice of King Rockefeller and stay in his lane. Opposition elements in St. Kitts have launched a vicious campaign against the High Command of the Police Force, aimed at undermining and destabilizing the Force and the country. They blue vex with the new Commissioner for the excellent job he and his team are doing to take back the streets from the criminals.


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